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Chalmers Durham

Chalmers is an artificial intelligence-powered friendly chatbot that makes it easier to find social services like free meals, shelter, clothing banks and more in real-time on desktop and mobile devices.

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Durham Living Wage

In 2016, CDCD conducted a living wage study. We looked at the cost of living throughout Durham, and what a family of four requires to meet their basic needs. CDCD conducted a year-long investigation into the costs of living for Durham families, and what two working parents need to support a family of four. We conducted community consultations and followed the structure set out by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives.  

This project was generously funded by the Ontario Trillium Foundation and started in early 2016. We were fortunate to have the guidance of representatives from the following organizations:
  • University of Ontario Institute of Technology
  • The YMCA of Greater Toronto
  • Clarington Board of Trade
  • Durham Region Labour Council
  • United Way Durham
  • Durham Workforce Authority
  • North Durham Social Planning Council
  • Nourish and Develop Foundation
  • Health Department, Region of Durham


The Living Wage report can be found here.

Durham COVID-19 Non-Profit Response

A project intended to determine how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted Durham Region’s Non-Profit sector, and how we can collectively plan for the future.

The Durham COVID-19 Non-Profit Response project includes a sector survey, reporting, and action plans to help agencies and charities plan for the future

In April 2020, Community Development Council Durham (CDCD) conducted a survey to better understand what resources and supports will be needed to support non-profit organizations in the Durham Region, with the intent of mapping the immediate and long-term effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

For more information please contact Ayesha Tella, Coordinated Access Communications Coordinator at or at 905-686-2661 ext. 133.

Connected Through Uncertainty: Durham COVID-19 Non-Profit Response Full Report

2020 Durham COVID-19 Non-Profit Response Infographic 

2020 Durham COVID-19 Non-Profit Response Executive Summary

2021 Philanthropy Forum Presentation 

Point in Time Count

A PiT Count provides an estimated snapshot of the extent and nature of homelessness in the Durham Region. CDCD has published Durham’s first two PitCount reports and will soon complete its third.

Everybody Count is a Point-in-Time (PiT) Count that will provide an estimated snapshot of the extent and nature of homelessness in the Durham Region in 2018.

Community Development Council Durham (CDCD), in partnership with Durham Mental Health Services (DMHS), is spearheading an initiative called the Everybody Counts: Durham Region’s 2018 Point-in-Time (PiT) Count & Registry Week. This initiative sought to enumerate and survey the homeless population in Durham Region.

What is the PiT count?

The PiT Count will provide an estimated snapshot of the extent and nature of homelessness in the Durham Region. It will gather information on both the number of persons/families experiencing homelessness, as well as their demographic characteristics and service needs. It is done during 24 hours to reduce duplication and to make it as cost and resource-effective as possible. There will be an approximate three-hour timespan surrounding midnight when the actual count will take place. It is scheduled for when most people will be off the street if they have somewhere else to go, and people will be more likely to be settled down where they are planning to spend the night.

Why is the PiT Count important?

This is the second PiT Count in Durham Region.  It will provide reliable estimates on how many persons/families are homeless. By comparing our results over time we will be able to gauge if homelessness is increasing, decreasing or staying the same, and if our community is making any progress towards addressing homelessness.

Findings from the PiT Count will demonstrate housing and service needs specific to Durham Region. It will also provide information to aid organizations, funders, and all levels of government plan for the funding and service needs of homeless persons/families in the Durham Region.

What is Registry Week and why is it important?

The Registry Week is a comprehensive check‐in across our communities to not only count but to identify as many people as possible who are experiencing homelessness.  A short health and housing survey will be completed with all people experiencing homelessness who are willing to participate (including those who are staying in emergency shelters or on the street). The community will then work to support those identified as most vulnerable to access housing outreach services as quickly as possible.

Where can the 2018 PiT Count results be found? 2018 Results are available here.

We conducted our 2020 PiT Count on October 20 & October 21 and our 2020 PiT Count Results are the way! Take a look at our 2021 PiT Count Factsheet here to learn more!

For more information, please contact Damario Squire, Housing Operations and Development Associate– Community Development
905 686 2662 ext 107,

The HIFIS Report aims to provide a snapshot of those experiencing homelessness and housing instability in Durham Region. This report will only focus on clients served by HIFIS-using agencies in 2020 and will highlight several key demographic attributes.

The HIFIS Annual Report is the first of its kind in Durham Region! To view the full report, click on this link: HIFIS Annual Report (2020)

For more information please contact our Homelessness Data Coordinator, Monika Warsinksa at

Past Projects

Elections 2015

CDCD wanted to help Durham residents stay informed about their candidates in the 2015 federal election. So we reached out to each candidate from the four major parties in each Durham Region riding. We asked each candidate the same four questions and released their answers two weeks prior to the election.

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Rural Durham Needs Assessment

This report provides a social profile of Durham’s rural communities using recent statistical information and Geographic Information System (GIS) technology. It also summarizes the feedback gathered from focus groups and interviews conducted with local agencies and community members on the needs and expectations for social planning and research in North Durham and Clarington. The Needs Assessment revealed a number of organizational strengths, assets and opportunities for gathering information about community needs, collaboration and partnership development.

Ajax Pride House

Ajax Pride House is a temporary location offering a safe space for the LGBTQ community, newcomers, visitors, athletes, volunteers and allies to watch the Games, and celebrate sports and culture.

Discover Your Durham Newcomer Bus Tour

The Discover Your Durham Newcomer Bus tour was a way for newcomers to become familiar with their community while celebrating our heritage through Canada 150 activities. 

Discover Your Durham Newcomer Bus Tour

This report attempts to unpack the gaps and barriers within Durham Region’s services and resources for the LGBTQ community through an analysis of the data gathered from the Prideline Durham Online Survey. This report provides direction in developing best practices for improving the quality of positive spaces and services for the LGBTQ community.

Poverty In Durham

Beginning in 2009, the Community Development Council Durham set out to better understand poverty in the Region of Durham by moving beyond the available quantitative data and statistics to examine the qualitative experiences of those who live in poverty. The purpose of this project was to develop a local assessment of the experience of poverty in Durham in a way that could inform local policy and service practice while also contributing to provincial and federal dialogue on poverty amelioration and eradication.

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Diverse Voices

The CDCD in partnership with the Durham Local Diversity and Immigration Partnership Council (LDIPC), undertook community re-search, in the form of individual interviews, to find out about perceptions of and experiences with immigration by immigrants, non-immigrants and local social service delivery organizations.

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Immigrant Services

Integrated settlement service delivery may be very important in the initial stages of settlement, when a newcomer may be relying more on formal human services, but the delivery of these supports effectively at that stage also offers opportunity to help newcomers make connections and build bridges to other social networks that will facilitate the third stage of their settlement.A longer-term perspective on the settlement process emphasizes even further the importance of more coordinated or integrated support systems.

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