Community Development and Social Action

Recent Social Action

St. Stephen's Community House has a long history of community development dating back to 1974. Some of our more recent action includes:

Encouraging participants to speak out

Newcomers have presented deputations to City Council on housing needs and how to reduce poverty. A Youth Arcade participant made a successful deputation asking that the City's Community Service Partnership grant be increased. Seniors have written to their MP asking for money to fund community needs. Members of our Corner Drop-In have written letters to the Ontario Government stating why they need the Special Diet Allowance and started petitions to help save the Community Start Up and Maintenance Benefit and housing shelters. LINC students wrote the Ontario Government about the need for new affordable housing. Participants and staff presented deputations to the Toronto Budget Committee. 

Youth Unemployment

We organized a youth employment forum, bringing together youth, employers, and community allies to discuss the issues and develop a strategy. Stemming from that strategy, we researched the causes of youth unemployment. You can read more about our efforts here.

Getting out the vote for people who are homeless or marginally-housed

Here's a short video that encourages some of the city's most vulnerable people to vote.

Participation in campaigns, coalitions and networks

Some of these include Toronto Neighbourhood CentresToronto Drop-in Network and the 25 in 5 Network for Poverty Reduction.