Home is everything
Help us end furniture poverty one sofa at a time
We have a problem in Canada
In Canada, nearly 5 million people live in poverty – that’s approximately 2 million families.
Over half a million Canadian households live in social or affordable housing, with a waitlist of nearly 300,000. When people living in poverty do find housing, they often have no beds to sleep on, places to sit, desks to study at, or pots and pans to cook with.
Our research shows each person moving into an empty apartment requires a minimum of $8,000 in available funds to turn empty housing into a furnished established home.
We make a difference
Since we were founded 25 years ago, with your help and generosity, we have given over 127,147 individuals and their families a new start with the gift of a furnished home, and an environment filled with stability, dignity and belonging.
When agency caseworkers were asked about the impact of Furniture Bank, the top social impacts for Furniture Bank beneficiary families were:
- Restoring hope in the future (83%)
- Improving self-esteem (78%)
- Improving self-confidence (72%)
- Creating family stability (72%)
Furniture Bank by the numbers:
*Outputs from 2022
Read more about the difference we make in our Learning Centre.
Impact in Action
Our Social Return on Investment (SROI):
Furniture Bank is recognized as a high-impact charity with a 2019 SROI of $12.11:1 – for every $1 donated/invested into Furniture Bank, our charity creates $12.11 worth of benefits back to society.
Furniture Bank hired SiMPACT to do a social audit on our operations in 2017 and follow up in 2019. All outcomes evaluated by SiMPACT were based on data collected through stakeholders short, medium and long term impacts (12 months to three years).
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