|This September, Melissa will be one of the thousands of students across Canada returning to school. Her son Ben isn't quite old enough yet, but in a few years he'll be headed to school too. Yet, it was only a few years ago that Melissa was in a much different situation. As a young mother, she found herself at rock-bottom: after fleeing abuse, her and her infant son became homeless, relying on the support of a local family shelter.
Today, Melissa has her own apartment, a full-time job, and will be attending George Brown College's 'Women Transitioning into the Trades' program this Fall. While Melissa has moved past her experience of homelessness, she remembers that thousands of vulnerable Canadians are in the exact place she once was, making back-to-school a challenging time for many.
Today, an estimated 380,600 households across Canada are experiencing severe housing insecurity, and children and families are one of the fastest growing segments of the homeless population. Raising the Roof's national Child & Family Homelessness Initiative aims to address this crisis with long-term solutions.
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