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Thank you to partners!

Our many partner organizations help us meet the diverse needs of 32,000 tenants.  

Many people came together to offer remote services, and other supports during the pandemic.  

Here are a few examples. 

OCH Foundation 

The OCH Foundation’s Kits for Kids campaign was launched in May 2020 in partnership with Wintergreen Learning Materials in response to tenant requests for support for children’s learning and engagement. 

The three at-home learning kits support math literacy, creativity and movement and were developed with curriculum specific outcomes in mind. A fourth kit was added in July, thanks to a grant from CST Inspired Minds Learning Project.  

Called the “Summer-Active” Kit, it is designed to help move children and youth outdoors. 

The Coalition of Community Houses 

The Coalition of Community Houses received emergency funds from Ottawa Community Foundation’s Rapid Response Fund. These funds will help the Community Houses continue to support OCH neighbourhoods by distributing food supplies and connecting with residents. 

Individual community houses also distributed activity kits and help coordinate virtual activities. 

The United Way 

Ottawa Community Housing was able to provide 170 high needs tenants with air conditioners thanks to the support of the United Way of Eastern Ontario and the Government of Canada’s Emergency Community Support Fund. 

The tenants will be selected by OCH Partners Aging in Place, which is operated by Ottawa West Community Support. They will assess the tenants they serve in the 11 OCH buildings where they have onsite programming. Examples of conditions that would be helped by the tenant receiving an air conditioner include, but are not limited to: 

Asthma, Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and clients that are bed ridden. 

Red Cross  

Volunteers from the Red Cross knocked on more than 7,500 doors to do wellness checks on OCH residents to offer information, and support for food assistance.  

In addition to the ones named, many other agencies have continued to offer services to OCH residents through virtual or modified programming, during this period of physical distancing. Do you have a story about how a support program help you out during the pandemic? Share it with us at editor@och.ca 

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