In the Media

Recently due to help from a few organizations, Threshold Housing Society has had the opportunity this holiday season to gain some great visibility. Today we had a full page ad in the Times Colonist letting Victoria know that we are able to take text donations. Additionally we went a bit more old school and circulated 1000 holiday card packages to select neighbours in Oak Bay.

Text to Donate to end youth homelessness

This increased visibility is vital to the sustainability of Threshold Housing. In the last 4 years we have seen the organization grow several fold from 9 youths housed to 36 since September. We are pleased to be working to assist vulnerable youth especially with the unfortunate increases in demand. But we can’t do it alone.

CBC “On the Island” Interview with Mark Muldoon on Victoria’s Youth Homelessness Crisis

On the Island is CBC Radio One’s current affairs morning show covering Vancouver Island, the Gulf Islands and the Sunshine Coast. Host Gregor Craigie speaks with Threshold Housing Society’s Executive Director Mark Muldoon.

  • What does youth homelessness look like in Greater Victoria
  • Overwhelming need versus limited resources available for vulnerable youth
  • Threshold Housing programs including transitional housing and Life Skills and continuum of housing solutions for youth
  • National youth homelessness crisis and THS growing to meet the needs
  • Threshold Housing plans for the future

Threshold House, our most recently opened home for youth in need of housing, is proudly supported by:

Diocese of BC Celebrates Housing for Youth in Victoria BC

Diocese of BC Celebrates Youth Affordable Housing

Threshold Housing Opens New House for Vulnerable Youth

By Mark Muldoon and Jo-Ann Roberts

The Threshold Housing Society is proud to announce the opening of Threshold House, its fourth transitional house for youth at risk of becoming homeless.

The new house has been made available through a leasing agreement with the Oak Bay United Church. Formerly the Easter Seals House, Threshold House contains self-contained units with a large common area, kitchen and gardens. The house opened its doors September 1 and it is currently full.

New Research on Mental Illness and Assisting Youth

Early Intervention to Detect Mental Illness is a MUST to assist Youth

A recent study once again emphasizes the need for early intervention for the detection and treatment of mental illness.  Far too many youth at risk of becoming homeless enter into our programs with undiagnosed mental health issues that stymie their attempts at achieving independence.

As the Globe and Mail reports on the study, “Early intervention is the holy grail of mental illness – a goal the public system aspires to, but less often delivers. People struggling with mental disorders do better the earlier they get help, and yet, while the symptoms typically emerge at a young age, treatment often doesn’t happen until much later.”

The head researcher, Dr. Rudolf Uher, argues that: “”We found that when people were talking about early interventions it was at a point when it was almost already at a full mental illness.  We weren’t treating patients early enough. It’s much easier to work with anxiety in a 10-year-old, than psychosis in an adult.”

Exciting Launch for Threshold House in Oak Bay

Celebrate a new home for Victoria youth!

Threshold Housing Society is proud and excited to celebrate the opening of Threshold House, a home in Victoria for youth at risk of being homeless.

We are celebrating this launch with Coast Capital Savings President and CEO Don Coulter, Oak Bay Mayor Nils Jensen, Andrew Weaver MLA, and many more!

Please join us on Wednesday morning for refreshments and ceremonies as well as an exciting announcement.

Where: Threshold House, 2095 Granite Street, Victoria BC
When: Wednesday, October 26th, 2016, 11:30 am
RSVP: info@thresholdhousing.ca

Jo-Ann Roberts is recognized at the CARE Awards!

Victoria Residential Builders Association - Jo-Ann Roberts - Victoria BC HomelessCanada’s leaders in sustainable West Coast homes were highlighted at the 2016 CARE Awards on October 1st at the Fairmont Empress Hotel.

Among the worthy winners was our own Jo-Ann Roberts who received the Building Better Futures Community Award for her fundraising work with Threshold Housing Society.

The Victoria Residential Builders Association created the Construction Achievements and Renovations of Excellence (CARE) Awards in 1991 to recognize the west coast’s creative design and craftsmanship, and celebrate excellence in the industry.

Oak Bay News: Oak Bay’s Threshold Housing Society home at capacity

A bright and sunny home on Granite offers young people a fresh start in Oak Bay.

When the Threshold Housing Society’s newest home opened Sept. 1, it was not only full, the society was at 100 per cent capacity across all four of its homes, said Mark Muldoon, executive director.

“Given the lack of youth housing and quality of youth housing, we’re very happy,” he said.

Home for youth at risk for homelessness in Oak Bay - Victoria BC

Christine van Reeuwyk/Oak Bay News
Threshold Housing’s Brooke MacDonald (left), transitional planning co-ordinator, Mark Muldoon, executive director and Jo-Ann Roberts, advancement and community relations, enjoy the welcome banner created by Oak Bay United Church summer camp kids for the new young people living in the home adjacent on Granite Street.

Home Depot supports ending Youth Homelessness

Home Depot - Orange Door - Victoria Youth HomelessHow The Home Depot Canada Foundation is helping put an end to youth homelessness with “Paper Doors”

The Home Depot Canada Foundation is committed to ending youth homelessness, pledging to invest $10 million over three years through The Orange Door Project. This initiative will give homeless youth the housing, support and hope they need to live safe, healthy and productive lives.

One component of The Orange Door Project is The Home Depot’s national fundraising campaign.  From now until October 9, The Home Depot customers can buy a $2 paper door in support of a local youth-focused housing charity.

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