Volume 2, Issue 1: February 2009

"Kay’shi’daay’ing—Where We Live."

HUB Executive

Nan Normand, Co-Chair
Ralph Page, Co-Chair, Treasurer
Karen Essery, Secretary
Don Denver, Emily Goss, Dan Jorgensen, Pieter Joubert, Shirley Kelly, Frank Kowal, Erika Olson, Diane Pelletier, Joan Schelske

What is Making Kenora HOME?

A concerned group working on solutions for homelessness in our community.

Guiding Principles

How do we achieve this?

Why is Making Kenora HOME important to us?

Tell a member of our Executive
Call us at 468-8888
Make a Difference In Our Community


A second collection of stories on homelessness is being released by Making Kenora Home during Week of Action Against Poverty. The contributors to this year’s collection have shared their life journeys from homelessness to hope. The book launch will be held at Ho Joe’s on February 11, 2009, 7 pm.


The Implementation Working Group has established a working group who are actively working towards achieving a local build of a single family home. Affordable family home ownership is part of the local affordable housing strategy.

Gearing Up For Local Giving

Application has also been made to the Homelessness Partnering Strategy for extension of local emergency shelter services.

 On the funding field, the newly approved federal budget has committed funds for renovation and energy retrofits of social and low-income housing and extended funding for housing and homelessness programs including the Affordable Housing Initiative, Residential Rehabilitation Assistance Program and the Homelessness Partnering Strategy. Specific funding will be dedicated to low-income seniors and persons with disabilities. Competition for these funds will be fierce. The community plan developed by Making Kenora Home is available to help local parties interested in submitting applications for affordable housing. Because of competition for funding, we are very much aware that time is of the essence in this regard and have encouraged City Officials to play a leadership role in directing this funding process.


February 8-14, 2009 is Kenora’s Week of Action Against Poverty. Members of Making Kenora HOME encourage citizens of Kenora to join us in taking action against poverty through food bank donations, coffee break discussions, meditation and prayer, random acts of kindness, bake sales, winter wear drives, or other projects of your own choosing. Here are some of the activities planned for the week:

Red Ribbon Campaign
People First Kenora
February 7 10:00 a.m. Interdenominational Volleyball Tournament
St. Thomas Aquinas High School
February 8 Interdenominational Prayers
February 8-14 Kenora Metis Health & Wellness
February 10 Pope John Paul II School
Classroom Conversations
February 11  9:00 a.m. Budget Countdown 
Minto Family Resource Centre 
hosted by Northwest Health Unit
February 11 2:00 p.m. Pancake Brunch
Fellowship Centre
hosted by HOME
February 11 7:00 p.m. Journeys of Hope
HoJoe’s café conversation
February 11 6:30 p.m. Skate, Slide & Silver Donations
hosted by Parent Council, Pope John Paul II School
February 11 6 p.m. People First Valentine Dance
Knox United Church
February 12 Warm Your Spirit Fundraiser Lunch
Kenora Legal Aid & Kenora Community Legal Clinic
February 8-14 Non-perishable Food Drive
Challenge Club
February 13
February 13 Making A Difference
St. Louis School, grade 5 class
February 14 Open Your Heart Dance
8 pm Best Western Lakeside Inn
Kenora Patricia Child & Family Services
February 14 10:30 Storytime 
Kenora Library & Best Start
February 8-14 Winter Wear Drive
Mx-Fm Staff
Keystone Lock & Safe
Kenora Court House
February 24 Story Telling
Birchwood Terrance, Nechee Life Long Care Program
February 26 Luncheon Fundraiser
Kenora Court House Staff
TBA Cammie Carpenter’s Band of Awesome

HOME Recommendations

1. 24 hours emergency shelter.
2. 8 single room occupancy (SRO) units.
3. 20 SRO rent geared to income.
4. 10 single dwelling Aboriginal family units. 
5. Tax discount, utility discount or maintenance tax credit for low fixed income seniors.
6. 2 supportive housing projects; 10 transitional units for victims of violence, 10 units for senior supportive health and assistive living. 7. Rent subsidization; 15 units for single parent housing and 10 units for individuals experiencing mental health dysfunction.
8. Revolving housing trust for low income families.
Kenora has the opportunity to improve its quality of life by investing in these recommendations in addition to working in creative partnership.

Bring a Tin for the Bin*
*Bins located at Extra Foods, Safeway, Recreation Centre and all Making Kenora Home events

Published quarterly by:
Making Kenora HOME, Charitable Services Inc.,