The fight to end homelessness is one that is very important for ACAO and our partnering organizations. Indeed, over the past five years, our organization has worked closely with hundred of homeless and low-income members of our community as well as the city of Ottawa’s housing department to find solutions to
end homelessness in our city.
Our organization teamed up with the City of Ottawa‘s Housing department to actively participate in the rapid–housing solution for homeless members of our community. At the end of 2021, we acquired two townhomes which will become permanent homes to two families as of February 1, 2022.
We continue to work very hard to acquire more properties and house many more families.
Food Security Program
ACAO developed a culturally relevant food program for homeless families and individuals who currently face great financial difficulties on top of other challenges. These other challenges include but are not limited to health and mental challenges.
The Volunteers are not always available to deliver food, however, thanks to Otto‘s BMW and Otto‘s Subaru, we now can deliver food (meals and food boxes) across the city. That being said, the Otto‘s team can get very busy. We will need funding to hire drivers for food deliveries.
Afro World 2021
This year again, our organization teamed up with Equal Chance and successfully planned and organized the AFRO WORLD FEST 2021 co-hosted by Canadian hip hop Icon, Kardinal Offishall. The festival was headlined by French Canadian Icon, Corneille whose story of resilience after losing all his family members in the genocide in Rwanda, inspired many people.
The festival welcomed over 9 000 people online and a total of 300 people in person. Our in-person cultural exposé in collaboration with the ByWard Market (Ottawa Markets) gave folks a unique opportunity to discover Black cultures. It also allowed Black businesses, through our Afro World market to sell their products and grow their audience.
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