Welcoming Streets


Carea Community Health Centre, the City of Oshawa, and the Downtown Oshawa B.I.A. have partnered to bring the Welcoming Streets pilot project to downtown Oshawa. Based on a successful model used in Guelph, the project brings targeted outreach services to vulnerable community members in the downtown core as well as education and training to area businesses.

Through the Welcoming Streets Initiative, the partners are helping to bridge the gap between business owners and community members who are vulnerable in our downtown. The aim of the project is to foster a safe, inclusive and welcoming environment for all by supporting downtown business owners and helping  community members in need of assistance.

The Welcoming Streets Team consists of  a community-based outreach worker and a health promoter.  They serve as point of first contact for individuals who are unsheltered and vulnerable and help to provide connections to outreach services. The outreach worker and health promoter also provide support, education and training to businesses in the area.

The City of Oshawa has contributed financial support from its approved allocation to the Oshawa Unsheltered Residents (O.U.R.) Program Initiative. The Region of Durham has also provided financial support. This program has been in increased demand since the pandemic began. 

For more information contact our Welcoming Streets Team at or call our team directly at: 289-385-6992 or 289-355-8938

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