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TD grant to support Blue Door housing programs in York Region

April 28, 2024

Posted on: Apr 28, 2024 Posted by: NewmarketToday Staff, NewmarketToday, Original Article

Blue Door will use the grant to fund the Housing for All Land Trust and a new pilot program called Dwell

As one of 10 recipients for the 2023 TD Ready Challenge grant, York Region’s Blue Door will be using the funds for its Housing for All Land Trust and a new pilot program called Dwell.

The $1-million TD Bank Group grant supports organizations bringing forward innovative solutions to help build a more inclusive and sustainable future, according to a Blue Door news release.

Created in January, the Housing for All Land Trust will operate as an independent non-profit organization, working to obtain land to develop accessible and affordable housing for the community. The trust will engage with community members, developers, and municipalities to acquire and manage property indefinitely.

The Dwell program will launch as a three-year pilot in 2024, and work to help subsidize a percentage of the rent for individuals living in affordable housing facilities.

The subsidized portion of the rent will act as savings for an individual, with a donor matching the saved amount once the individual decides to move out. This will help allow individuals in the program to develop savings over time as opposed to living paycheque to paycheque.

“In these challenging times where the cost of housing and living continues to grow, Blue Door has worked to create innovative solutions to create affordable housing. With the addition of our Housing for All Land Trust and our Dwell program, we are creating equitable and affordable housing for our most vulnerable” says Michael Braithwaite, CEO of Blue Door. “The TD Ready Challenge grant will help to make these programs a reality, and in turn create housing in our community for those most in need now and well into the future.”

“The TD Ready Challenge is one of the key ways we are delivering on the bank’s purpose to help enrich the lives of our customers communities, and colleagues, and a prime example of our commitment to help people thrive in a rapidly changing world,” said Alicia Rose, AVP of social impact at TD. “We are very proud that this year we’re able to help enable Blue Door scale their efforts to contribute to much-needed access to stable and affordable housing for members of our communities that are facing barriers.”