Unsheltered Campaign


Shelter 4 All

We Can Do Better Letter

A campaign led by community advocates to provide 24/7 alternatives to shelter for all unsheltered people in Waterloo Region.

Read We Can Do Better letter sent to all municipal and regional councilors to launch a number of immediate actions to support the unsheltered and to ensure

Unsheltered Testimonies – hear from the unsheltered themselves.

Recent actions by the Region of Waterloo and community partners:

– St John Kitchen encampment currently has access to drinking water, porta-pottie and the eviction date has been extended until August 31 so the encampment residents can be appropriately moved to more suitable locations or housing
– City of Kitchener and the Region of Waterloo are reviewing the public land inventories as potential locations for supported encampments/settlements while St Mary’s Catholic Church congregation has invested in creation of eight wooden cabins.
– House of Hope open for 28 men at Ray of Hope with House of Friendship,
to shelter men who were at YMCA location until the end of June
– Charles Street Terminal has more supply of refillable water bottles and food thanks to the donations from community members
– City of Kitchener approved zoning bylaw suspension for 12 months for A Better Tent City at Lot42 (35 community members in cabins and tents)

Thank you all who sent your letters to municipal councils. We can do better to support all the unsheltered this summer and the coming winter!

If you want to send us a donation through direct bank autodeposit, 
please mark Unsheltered Fund  and email sdcwr@waterlooregion.org.


New Drop Off times for donations

Drop off hours changed:

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday
2 pm – 5 pm

2 pm – 7 pm

at Social Development Centre
Waterloo Region
St John Church downtown Kitchener
23 Water Street North
Entrance from Duke Street

In the MEDIA

Social media channels:
Petition Care & Precautions for Unsheltered

Regan Brussé, Blue Sky Horse on CKMS Radion Waterloo 102.7 Fm
Community supporting unsheltered encampments

Regan Brussé & Social Development Centre WR Media Release April 11:
We need a
 fighting chance for our unsheltered!

Aleksandra Petrovic with Brian Bourke on 570 News
speaking about the needs of the unsheltered in Waterloo Region.
Tune in at 47m 27s

Listen to Community Connections interview with
Regan Brussé at CKMS-FM 102.7 about the Unsheltered Campaign.

Heather Majaury’s second letter  to the elected representatives on April 9,
and you can hear her read it to you at:
2020 04 09 Heather Majaury Letter in support of the unsheltered


Download: 2020-04-09-Heather-Majaury-Letter-in-support-of-the-unsheltered.mp3, 6 MBytes, 6m03s

CanadaHelps donate buttonYou can donate to the Civic Hub or
Unsheltered Campaign funds at our
CanadaHelps portal.