Raising the Roof receives a $300,000 grant from RBC Foundation to support national Child and Family Homelessness Initiative

 Raising the Roof receives a $300,000 grant from RBC Foundation to support  national Child and Family Homelessness Initiative  National project will focus on preventing homelessness and addressing its  impact on children and families  TORONTO, March 13, 2014 /CNW/ - Raising the Roof is pleased to announce the  RBC Foundation as the Lead Partner in their Child and Family Homelessness  Initiative. This project, the first of its kind in Canada, will shed light on  the causes of, and potential solutions to, child and family homelessness. In  keeping with its commitment to children's mental health, RBC's support will be  directed specifically towards understanding the impact of homelessness on a  child's mental well-being.  Thousands of children and their families across Canada face homelessness every  year. Current statistics tell an alarming story: emergency shelter use by  families is escalating - from an average stay of 30 nights in 2005, to 50  nights by 2008. Between 2005 and 2009, the estimated number of children using  emergency shelters grew from 6,205 to 9,459. The average age of those children  was 6 ½ years old*.  Carolann Barr, Executive Director of Raising the Roof observes, "We have  already completed the first step of this project - an environmental scan.  Next, we'll examine ways in which Canada and other countries support the  immediate and long-term well-being of children experiencing homelessness. With  the help of eight carefully chosen project partners, we will also highlight  promising practices and develop a framework that communities and governments  can use to address child and family homelessness in their neighbourhoods and  jurisdictions."  http://raisingtheroof.org/Our-Programs/Child---Family-Homelessness.aspx  "Children who experience the physical and emotional stress of homelessness are  at risk of developing mental health issues in childhood or later life," notes  Leeann Signorotti, regional vice-president, RBC Private Banking for the  Greater Toronto region. "Many of us who know struggling families or have  visited shelters in our communities, want to see young children receive the  support they need to be healthy and happy - inside and out. That's why we are  pleased to support Raising the Roof's initiative to help shed light on mental  health issues and lessen the traumatic impact of homelessness."  In 2013, RBC introduced the RBC Believe in Kids Pledge, a five-year, $100  million commitment to improving the well-being of at least one million  children and youth in Canada. By supporting Raising the Roof as part of this  pledge, RBC is contributing to building a healthier and safer future for  Canada's next generation.  * (Human Resources and Skills Development Canada, Homelessness Partnering  Strategy, The National Shelter Study [2005-2009]).  About RBC's Commitment to Community and Sustainability Royal Bank of Canada (RY on TSX and NYSE) is Canada's largest bank and one of  the largest banks in the world, based on market capitalization. We employ  approximately 79,000 full- and part-time employees who serve more than 16  million personal, business, public sector and institutional clients through  offices in Canada, the U.S. and 42 other countries. For more information,  please visit rbc.com. RBC is recognized among the world's financial, social  and environmental leaders and is listed on the 2014 Dow Jones Sustainability  World Index, the DJSI North American Index, the Jantzi Social Index and the  FTSE4Good Index. RBC is one of Canada's Greenest Employers, and one of  Canada's 50 Most Socially Responsible Corporations.  RBC supports a broad range of community initiatives through donations,  sponsorships and employee volunteer activities. In 2013, we contributed more  than $104 million to causes worldwide, including donations and community  investments of more than $69 million and $35 million in sponsorships. Learn  more at www.rbc.com/community-sustainability.  About Raising the Roof  Raising the Roof provides strong and effective national leadership on  long-term solutions to homelessness through partnership and collaboration with  diverse stakeholders, investment in local communities, and public education.  Since our beginning, in 1996, we have brought national attention to the issue  of homelessness through programs that are focused on: raising awareness and  understanding of the issue of homelessness; identifying barriers and solutions  to the issue; providing tools and resources for those who work to alleviate  homelessness; encouraging networking and sharing of best practices; and  engaging individuals, communities and the private sector in solutions.  Additional information  You can read more about this national project and other funding partners at  www.raisingtheroof.org.    SOURCE  RBC   RBC: Sophia Massari, Communications, RBC,  416-974-7503,sophia.massari@rbc.com  Raising the Roof: Susanna Smith, Communications, 416-259-1423 Carolann Barr,  Executive Director, 416-489-3538  To view this news release in HTML formatting, please use the following URL:  http://www.newswire.ca/en/releases/archive/March2014/13/c4845.html  CO: Raising The Roof ST: Ontario NI: FIN  
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