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Housing… Our Future – Community Forum

Housing… Our Future – what lies ahead for Milton and Halton?

Have you stopped to wonder lately what is happening in Milton to prepare for the next round of growth and access to affordable housing? Curious about what various agencies in our community are planning to address the issues?

Milton Transitional Housing’s 3rd annual housing forum will offer insights into what to expect over the next few years with our theme of looking forward in housing.

Please join us Thursday, October 5th at 7:30 pm at the Milton Senior’s Centre, 500 Childs Drive for an evening of information and discussion.

The evening will feature a keynote presentation from MTH Case Manager Jason Palmer, who will share his personal journey from homelessness to housing advocate.

Following Jason’s keynote will be a panel presentation from local and provincial experts in housing, including:

  • Heather Thompson, Manager Age Friendly Initiatives, Community Development Halton to speak about the new Home Share program
  • Rizaldo Padilla, Senior Policy Advisor, Ministry of Housing to speak about the Fair Housing Strategy
  • Roger Broad, Director of Property Development, Planning and Construction, Habitat for Humanity and Bert Krikke, Director of Family Service, Habitat for Humanity to talk about upcoming HFH builds in our community
  • Regional Councillor Colin Best to speak about the Allendale property (Ontario Street and Childs Drive) and the Region of Halton’s vision for this parcel of land.

The panel presenters will also take part in a question and answer session with the audience and will be available after the panel presentation for those wishing to know more.

This is a free event and will be of interest to anyone concerned about or wanting to know more about housing options in the near future.

Hope to see you there!

 

Photo courtesy of Stacey Newman

 

 

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Check out Milton Transitional Housing at Milton’s hottest summer events!

Be sure to stop by and check out the community booth for Milton Transitional Housing at some of Milton’s hottest summer events!

Come to say hi to our hardworking volunteers at tomorrow’s  11th annual Downtown Milton Street Festival.

Visit our booth at the west end of Main Street for some free tattoos for the kids (and for the adults too if they ask nicely)

Downtown Milton Street Festival

The Downtown Milton Street Festival runs from noon to 11 pm and Main Street through downtown Milton will be closed from 5 am to allow for set up. This amazing community event is free to enjoy with a wide variety of community booths to browse, children’s activities and entertainment on three stages and one performance area. Milton Transit is free for the day for those traveling to the festival, and there will be a wide variety of vendors and food options for those looking to buy lunch or dinner.

You can find out more about the bus or entertainment schedules here

I hope you stop by to say hi to our volunteers, sport a new temporary tattoo (we have superheroes, butterflies and more!) and find out more about the great work that MTH is doing in the community.

After the street festival – be sure to stop and say hello to us this summer at the Milton Farmer’s Market – we will have a booth in front of Knox Church on July 15 and August 26th

Interested in being part of the work we do – ask about our volunteer opportunities and our ambassador program!

Have a great weekend and enjoy the sunshine and the festival!

Donna

 

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Lorna Turner honoured with Community Volunteer Award!

It was an absolute honour to be invited to join MTH Volunteer Extraordinaire Lorna Turner as she was awarded by Volunteer Halton as Milton’s Community Volunteer of the Year.

 

Picture l-r Bob Walker, Ruth Parkinson, Lorna Turner, Margot Johnson and Audrey Peddie – all of whom have been involved, in one way or another, since the very beginning.

Lorna does such an incredible amount for MTH, often behind the scenes with little fanfare. She co-chairs, along with Margot Johnson,  Coldest Night of the Year, our biggest annual fundraiser. She sits on the Communications Committee, manages a large part of the MTH communications strategy and writes and submits all of our grants. To see her recognized and honoured for that, and all the other work she does in our community was a phenomenal experience, and I am so grateful to have been invited to share in the celebration.

“Volunteers are the backbone of any non-profit organization, and I often say that the true strength of MTH is the quantity and quality of the volunteers we are so fortunate to have to support us.”

Every year MTH honours a Volunteer of the Year and our 2016 Volunteer of the Year, Freda Flook, is known to many for her meticulous and comprehensive tracking of volunteer data as well as her efficiency and organizational skills behind so many of our community events.

Volunteering can take so many forms. I hesitate to begin trying to list the amazing men and women who have, in the past two months, made bot our Coldest Night of the Year and Empty Bowls so successful. I know if I try to list them, I will inadvertently leave someone out, so I will simply thank each and every one of them from the bottom of my heart for the work that they do.

As well, we have our amazing crew of helpers from Community Living North Halton (clockwise from bottom left: Sharon, James, Greg, and Tanya).

This incredible team of community volunteers springs into action when a client graduates, cleaning and making the vacant unit ready for the next client. Without them, we’d struggle to make sure that new clients were moving into their new homes on a timely basis, and so having the help of Sharon, James, Greg and their super leader Tanya from Community Living North Halton has a tangible effect on how we do what we do, and I am so grateful to them.

This blog (and my slow learning of how to manage it!) wouldn’t be possible without an extraordinary amount of volunteer hours put in by John Gregory and his company Opencity Inc. John undertook a complete remake of our website and is still on hand to answer my panicked calls when I can’t get an image to load or spacing to work properly.

National Volunteer Week

As our Mayor Gord Krantz often says “I would be remiss if” I didn’t acknowledge the indomitable group who founded Milton Transitional Housing just a few short years ago and have dedicated tireless volunteer hours to bring us to the success we now have. We salute and thank all of you, along with all of the truly wonderful dedicated people who volunteer in so many ways to MTH. National Volunteer Week is drawing to close but the time, difference, work and support all of you amazing people will live on, long after National Volunteer Week has come and gone.

Thanks to all of you for all that you do. We couldn’t do it without you! Donna

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7th Empty Bowls seeks home for 900th bowl

On a cool April day in 2011, we launched our transitional housing solution in Milton. Fast forward to 2017 and we invite you to our 7th annual Empty Bowls event.

On Sunday, April 23rd we anticipate selling our 900th bowl since 2011. The organisation has built up around that embryonic foray.  We now have 9 graduates from the MTH program. The Milton community has rallied around to volunteer and support our 9 units.

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Comedy Roast of Mayor Gord Krantz

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Milton Mayor Gord Krantz has spent more than five decades in the public eye – as a councillor from 1965 and Mayor of the growing Town of Milton from 1980 to present day.

On December 1, 2016, he broke the record of the longest-serving mayor of Ontario record held by the now retired Hazel McCallion.

Putting a celebrity in the cross hairs of comedic barbs is what’s fun about a roast. A panel made up of the mayor’s peers will come together comically trash this honored guest both personally and professionally.

Join friends and family as we celebrate his momentous anniversary, not with a toast to his achievements, but a good-natured roast of a man who has dedicated his adult life to public service.

This light-hearted event will poke fun at the man, the mayor and the legend. Although as Mayor Krantz is quick to point out – as the roastee – he will have the last word.

All proceeds from the event will be directed to Milton Transitional Housing – a local agency assisting those experiencing a housing crisis in our community. Its mandate of providing rent geared to income supportive housing and case management enables individuals and families to graduate to independent living.…from Hope to Home, summarizes our belief that people’s lives can be rebuilt with support and assistance from their community.

The Comedy Roast of Mayor Gord Krantz will feature hors d’oeuvres, a cash bar and a whole lot of laughs as we celebrate the life, the times and the politics of Milton’s longest serving mayor.

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