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Affordable Housing and Homelessness Awareness


Affordable Housing

Everyone should have a safe, secure and affordable place to live and call home. Unfortunately this is not the reality for thousands of people across the province.

FirstOntario is proud to partner with organizations like Bethlehem Housing and Penn Terra to come up with a unique way to address the need of affordable housing. This is one example of how we get involved and make a positive, lasting impact. The result is housing for individuals and families on North Church Street in St. Catharines. The impact is a safe home they can make their own.


Homelessness Awareness

As a credit union, we aim to raise awareness and understanding about the daily challenges faced by homeless youth and adults living in poverty. There are many factors that contribute to it – financial insecurity, a lack of affordable housing, mental health, and social factors such as violence, abuse and social network alienation.


United Way Support


Through our participation of Sleepless in our Cities, FirstOntario helps to raise funds for the United Way Halton & Hamilton that supports ways to end homelessness in our communities. Since we became involved in 2021, FirstOntario has helped raise over $30,000 towards this important fundraiser.


Our help extends beyond this event and includes fundraisers like the Coldest Night of the Year that raises money for local agencies that support vulnerable people who need assistance.

This wouldn’t be possible without the participation of all our employees who recognize the value of helping one another and living our mission of improving the lives of our members and our communities.


Here are some of the agencies we’ve supported through our efforts:


Good Shepherd




Interval House



More ways we connect with our community