Submission to Mayor’s Taskforce on Housing

Submission to Mayor’s Taskforce on Housing

i Sep 5th No Comments by

This summary outlines Kingston Home Base Non-Profit Housing (HBH) concerns on the impacts of affordability and availability of housing for homeless, low-income individuals and families.

Since 1987, Home Base Housing has been a community leader in providing and advocating for safe, affordable housing and necessary supports for youth, adults, and families at risk of homelessness in the Kingston area.

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Links with Lily 4th Annual Golf Tournament – Sept 8/19

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Links with Lily 4th Annual Golf Tournament

The Cougars Hockey Team have done it again! They’ve organized a bigger and better tournament this year with a full roster of golfers!

Thanks to our sponsors who have contributed to this year’s success: MicroAge Kingston, Hughson Barriers, Royal LePage ProAlliance Realty, Maritime Travel, Cozy Home Inspections, Dominion Lending Centre, GM Miller Bobcat Services, Bayridge Animal Hospital, Kingston Carpet World, MS Accounting Services and Alewife Event Bartending.

Links with Lily Golf Tournament takes place at Camden Braes Golf & Country Club on Sunday, September 8, 2019.

Join our Board of Directors!

i Jul 31st No Comments by
Home Base Housing is seeking socially engaged individuals to join our dynamic volunteer board of directors.  As a leader in the Kingston community for more than 30 years, the Board of Directors have contributed significantly to the vision of reducing homelessness through its emergency shelters for adults and families, supportive housing for youth and adults, two programs that prevent homelessness and houses those in shelters, street-outreach services and hubs for youth-centred services and housing-related resources.  The Board meets the third Thursday of each month for approximately an hour or so.  If you are interested and would like to contribute to your talents and abilities, please contact Ed Smith, Board President, at   We are seeking those with backgrounds in social issues, homelessness, human resources, legal background, and/or mental health & addiction issues.

Come join us for our Annual General Meeting – Thursday, June 20!

i Jun 18th No Comments by

Come on over to RISE@one4nine, Kingston Youth Services’ supportive housing location for our Annual General Meeting on Thursday, June 20 from 4-5 p.m. We’ll start with a “meet ‘n’ greet” and a BBQ, followed by the AGM meeting which begins at 4:30 p.m. RISE@one4nine is located at 149 Kingscourt Avenue. Join us for our annual celebration of our programs and services!

Gord Downie – Life & Legacy Celebration

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A full afternoon & evening of music celebrating the life and legacy of Gord Downie on Saturday, September 28, 2019 at RAXX Bar. Tickets are $40 includes bands, dinner, silent auction tables and more! Fundraiser for Home Base Housing and Gord Downie & Chani WenJack Fund.  The headliner band is Greg Ball Band along with lots of other great music!

Thanks to TammySelena Tuck for coordinating this event!

Touching Base newsletter – Dec 2018

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Check out our year-end newsletter! Under the HOME tab, the drop-down menu reveals Touching Base newsletter. You can find our newsletter there!

Loving Hands Kingston

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Home Base Housing is grateful for the generous support of Loving Hands Kingston who has supported our clients and tenants – youth, adults and families! The coordinators – Maryann and Lyle – are amazing as are all of their volunteers! THANK YOU!!

Loving Hands Kingston is a group of individuals who work in collaboration with non-profit agencies and Kingston shelters. In working directly with shelters, this helps to take the guess work out of guessing game as to who is really in need.

The shelters and nonprofit agencies we assist are:

  • Dawn House
  • Lily’s Place Family Shelter
  • Elizabeth Fry
  • Joyce Detweiler House
  • One Roof Kingston Youth Hub
  • Kingston Interval House
  • Kingston Youth Shelter and their 2 transitional houses
  • Housing Help Center
  • Kingston Home Base Non-Profit Housing
  • Home Base Housing
  • St. Vincent de Paul
  • Dress For Success Kingston
  • Well Suited
  • Rise Youth Services
  • In From The Cold
  • Kingston Youth Services
  • Kingston Food Bank – Partners In Mission
  • HARS Kingston
  • Youth Unlimited
  • John Howard Society
  • Quinte Detention Centre – Rehabilitation

We help to address the needs of local shelters with providing them with toiletries, feminine hygiene products, snacks, clothing for adults and children, daily used items such as towels, cutlery etc.On a bi-weekly basis we assist various other non-profit agencies with toiletries and feminine hygiene products.In addition we also assist shelter residents into their own homes by providing clothing, household items, furniture and in some cases baby and children items. We find that the bridge between people leaving shelters and gaining their own residence is very difficult and we try to do our best to make the transition as comfortable and smooth as possible. We are constantly accepting donations of clothing, housewares, toiletries, children and baby items as well as non-perishable food, snacks and drinks.Our drop off locations are Wagmarr Auto Sales located at 70 Hickson Ave and Shaku Family Martial Arts East located at 496 Discovery Ave Unit 11 During Christmas time we provide blessing bags filled with a variety of toiletries, snacks, individual hot drink mixes for each shelter resident. We also gather wish lists from shelter residents with the assistance of staff which state items that they would wish to receive.Considering we are a central linking station to all community shelters this helps to secure confidentiality and security while providing residents with the essentials to get back on their feet again. We care and believe that everyone should have the basic necessities warmth, hygiene and food and have noticed that these items have a tremendous impact on a person’s life.

Lucky Lily! The results are in – Links with Lily Golf Tournament

i Sep 18th No Comments by
We’re excited to share the wonderful news that Links with Lily Golf Tournament raised approximately $9,000.00 for Lily’s Place Emergency Shelter for families.

Thanks to all golfers and sponsors who contributed to the success of the tournament, to all the volunteers who made it a fun event and, in particular, to Mark Brooks and Harry Witteveen for organizing it for Lily’s Place! Way to go, everyone!

Glenhaven Memorial Gardens donates to Home Base Housing

i Aug 9th No Comments by
A big “thank you” to Dan Zemba and Denis Valente of Glenhaven Memorial Gardens who presented Tom Greening, our Executive Director, with a $1,000 cheque from the Arbor Memorial Foundation. They learned about Home Base Housing and wanted to help those who need it most!

Thanks for your generous donation!

Pictured:  Denis Valente – GMG, Tom Greening – HBH, Dan Zemba – GMG.

Home to Home – Granting support to Lily

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On July 28, 2018, the local Home Depot store celebrated its 20th anniversary and used the special event to announce The Home Depot Canada Foundation  grant being awarded to Home Base Housing’s Lily’s Place Emergency Shelter. The $35,000 grant supports initiatives that prevent and end youth homelessness through renovation and repair projects that provide youth access to safe, stable shelter and support services.  We are grateful to The Home Depot Canada Foundation for selecting Home Base Housing’s Lily’s Place Emergency Shelter for this grant.

Lily’s Place Emergency Shelter is the only shelter in Kingston that is specifically for families who are experiencing homelessness; many with youth and small children.  Its 19-bed capacity in a home-like environment makes the shelter as close to “home” as possible.  In addition to Emergency Shelter Workers who assist the families “in house”, there are also Housing First Case Managers who meet, assess and assist the families in securing a new home because, at Home Base Housing, we believe everyone deserves a place called home!