Marlene Rowaan
Amount Raised
Goal $200.00

My Message

"On October 3, I’m riding to help connect refugee claimants to safe, supportive housing in Hamilton through Open Homes Hamilton. Open Homes Hamilton is a multi-church network supporting newly arrived refugee claimants by offering home-based hospitality. One of the projects Open Homes Hamilton is raising money for this year is their Housing bridge fund, which helps connect refugee claimants to long-term housing. Often paying first and last month's rent is a major barrier for refugee claimants--they obviously don't have that kind of money in their bank accounts. Ontario Works offers a one-time amount to help, but you have to apply for it and may not receive it. They often end up in a situation where a potential landlord wants a deposit to secure the space before signing the papers that OW needs to transfer the refugee’s address BUT OW won't release the funding until they have those papers signed, so the refugee ends up in a catch-22 situation. That's where Open Homes wants to fill the gap by loaning people enough for one month's rent, which they would pay back when and if they receive the special one-time funding from OW. It would be a revolving fund, but there could be some loss of funds along the way if OW refuses someone's application, so we want a strong base to start from. Our hope is that this fund would make long-term housing more accessible for Open Homes guests--getting a refugee claimant housed and connected to community is a cause for celebration! Thank you for your interest in supporting this ministry!

Event Date
Oct 3, 2020 8:00 AM
Location Name
RIDE Anywhere

My Team

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My Supporters

Sharon- IAFR Canada left a message
Jul 2, 2020 10:38 AM
Marlene, your participation in the Ride for Refuge is going to make a lasting difference for refugees who arrive in Hamilton. Thank you for showing you care in such an important way.