Keeping Youth Connected, a program full of life-changing experiences for local youth

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Tuesday, August 30, 2016 —  

The Ottawa Community Housing Foundation (OCHF) made the biggest announcement in its history today thanks to a three-year, $600,000 Grow grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF). The Honourable Yasir Naqvi, MPP, City of Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson, OCH Chair and Ottawa Councillor Mathieu Fleury and OTF volunteers met with the community partners who had gathered at Debra Dynes Family House to hear about the innovative and collaborative youth outreach program called Keeping Youth Connected, which will debut this fall.

“The Ottawa Community Housing Foundation is a vital part of our city’s fabric. I am thrilled that OCHF has received a $600,400 Ontario Trillium Foundation grant to strengthen the ‘Keeping Youth Connected’ initiative, added Naqvi”  “This funding will support the positive development of children and young people and has a direct impact on the lives of 300 people in our community!”

Currently programming for youth ages 6-12 is offered in community houses. The Keeping Youth Connected program will offer at-risk youth 13-14 years of age barrier-free programming during critical after-school hours.

“This funding will fill the gap for older adolescents and will be distributed over a period of three years by the 15 community houses across the city,” said Mohamed Sofa, Vice Chair of the Coalition of Community Houses.

“This is a great day for the youth in our communities, a day full of hope and optimism,” said Wayne French, Chair of OCHF Board of Directors. “This is a truly significant grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation and we are eager to see the positive impact this program will have on youths living in OCH communities.”

Funds from the OTF grant, which was approved in March, will be used to help with staffing costs for the program, as well as to help with the cost of hosting workshops and purchasing supplies for the program.

About Ontario Trillium Foundation

An agency of the Government of Ontario, the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) is one of Canada’s largest granting foundations. With a budget of over $136 million, OTF awards grants to some 1,000 projects every year to build healthy and vibrant Ontario communities.

About OCH Foundation for Healthy Communities

OCH Foundation is committed to helping each of its tenants achieve personal success through education, employment and community engagement. We bring together key stakeholders and community leaders. We identify and leverage a wealth of existing resources. We maintain prior relationships and establish new partnerships. And, we do it all with one goal in mind: to empower, inspire and equip OCH tenants so they can build thriving communities for themselves, for their families, for their neighbours and for their city.

About Ottawa Coalition of Community Houses

A network of 15 Community Houses, serving social housing communities across Ottawa. The Coalition began in 1998 to facilitate a network to exchange information and provide mutual support among the houses. It was initiated by Ottawa Community Housing Corporation, who believed the Community Houses could use the Coalition as a way to mobilize themselves and create new partnerships.
For more information, please contact:


Eric Collard

Ottawa Media Group

Lori Kay

Ontario Trillium Foundation
416.963.7916 or 1.800.263.2887 x 216