Willowtree is a relatively small low-income, government subsidized housing community that boarders one of the most affluent communities in Toronto. On one hand, residents enjoy “many of the benefits of living in mix socio-economic community” but on the other hand they are isolated from services “that would be ideal resources for….neighbourhoods with a higher density of low [income] households.” (Community Housing Unit CHU-3 Business Plan 2007-2009, p. 5) The result of seeing, but not having makes it harder for children and families to cope in their current circumstances. Willowtree has a population of almost 600 people with 58% being children and youth (under the age of 25). Comparatively, Toronto has 29% under the age of 25. Willowtree also has a very high population is adult females (3 times higher than the population of adult males). Most of the households are headed by single moms who need resources, empowerment and support. Toronto City Mission provides support through programs such as tutoring and day camps. Toronto City Mission is partnering with People’s Church, Wellspring Worship Centre, Willowdale Baptist Church, and Youth Unlimited in the Willowtree community.
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