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Speaking up for homeless black families in Vanier: A collective responsibility.

Updated: Mar 27, 2021

Over the past years, a big part of our work at Equal Chance has been dedicated to supporting homeless BIPOC families across the city of Ottawa. While awaiting permanent housing, we provide them with important resources and services that they need. These services include but are not limited to: a culturally appropriate food security program in which they receive a cooked meal or culturally relevant food hampers; access to free mental health specialists, employment and language services.

On March 2nd, 2021, our President, Gwen Madiba alongside concerned members of the community addressed the issue faced by many families inside a Vanier building in which they are temporarily housed.

We are committed to continuing to provide essential services to BIPOC homeless children and families across the city of Ottawa. Our team is also committed to working closely with the City of Ottawa's Housing department, as well as other local organizations and agencies that also work and focus on the issue of homelessness in Ottawa. Learn more on how can support our efforts by sending an email to

You can obtain more information on the situations faced by the families via the following medias links:

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