News Release: Ottawa Community Housing Foundation Supports Low-Income Students from Kindergarten to College

Tuesday, September 7, 2021 — News Release: Ottawa Community Housing Foundation Supports Low-Income Students from Kindergarten to College

(OTTAWA, ON) September 7, 2021 – The Ottawa Community Housing Foundation for Healthy Communities helped more than 600 students start the school year off right with supplies, funding, job placements and mentorship services. Each year, the Foundation supports students through the Pack-a-Sack program, the Youth Futures program, and the Inspired by Learning Bursary.

We recognize that having the tools to succeed helps level the playing field for students from low-income families. The students face socio-economic barriers. By helping to remove some of those barriers – we can break the cycle of poverty.

The Foundation aims to help build stronger, better communities by working with partners to meet the diverse needs of the 32,000 tenants living in OCH communities.

The key areas of support are education, employment and community engagement. The Foundation aims to support a vibrant and healthy community, one where everyone counts.

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“Our programs are designed to support and empower tenants. Through our work we help level the playing field by reducing barriers for youth, so they can succeed and thrive.”

– Angela Bégin, Executive Director, Ottawa Community Housing Foundation for Healthy Communities.

*Note: We have prepared additional content, including quotes from Inspired By Learning Bursary applicants, a Youth Futures graduate and recipients of support through Pack-a-Sack. For more information, or to request an interview, please contact:

Jennifer McIntosh

613-914-9953 jennifer.mcintosh@och.ca

About OCH Foundation for Healthy Communities

OCH Foundation exists to break down barriers and alleviate the effects of poverty and inequities faced by people living in Ottawa Community Housing. Since 2014, the Foundation has invested more than $4.1 million in OCH communities through programs such as Youth Futures and recLINK. The funds help families, youth, children and seniors achieve personal success. The programs supported by the foundation focus on education, employment and community engagement. ochfoundation.ca | Twitter | LinkedIn | Facebook