Thank you Affinity Credit Union for supporting the Journey Home program.

United Way of Saskatoon and Area extends a special thank you to Affinity Credit Union for their generous donation of $25,000 made in support of the Journey Home program.

This support will help change the lives of individuals in our community who have faced homelessness; the majority whom have been chronically homeless for 3 to 5 years.

In April 2014, United Way of Saskatoon and Area partnered with Saskatoon Crisis Intervention Service (SCIS) to deliver a Housing First program in Saskatoon. Journey Home, is based on the international Housing First model, which moves people from homelessness directly into housing without any barriers.

The program focuses on Saskatoon’s most vulnerable citizens who have been chronically homeless, most of whom also struggle with complex issues related to mental health and addictions. With the safety of shelter and support provided by trained and highly skilled social workers, Journey Home participants have been able to better and more appropriately utilize public services and have a chance at a better life.

The point-in-time homelessness count conducted in Saskatoon on June 22, 2015 found 405 adults and 45 children experiencing homelessness on that day. Of these individuals, 211 (47%) were chronically homeless.

As of February 2017, 50 of Saskatoon’s most chronically homeless citizens have been given housing and offered supportive services through the Journey Home program.