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.
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.
- 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
- Durham Region has its FIRST certified Living Wage Employer: Pathwise Credit Union.
- CDCD was recognized as a Living Wage Employer in Durham Region. A certification presentation was made by the Ontario Living Wage Network.
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
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?
Results are available here.
For more information, please contact Nathan Gardner, Team Lead – Community Development
905 686 2662 ext 119 email@example.com