About the program

Spare Change for Real Change grew out of a desire from the Spring Garden area business community to help those in need. All funds raised go towards supporting the programs and services offered by two of our neighbouring support organizations:

Saint Mary’s Basilica and the Society of St. Vincent de Paul
5221 Spring Garden Road, Halifax, Nova Scotia
Monday to Friday, 1:30 – 3:30 pm
Daily Bread Program: this program provides food and hot & cold beverages in a safe and supportive environment.

St. Andrew’s United Church
6036 Coburg Road, Halifax, Nova Scotia
Sunday drop-in, 2:00 - 4:00 pm, November through April
This program offers a drop-in, coffee, cards, foot care and socialization.

Read the brochure here.


In the news

  • June 15th, 2016: Program aims to start conversation about Spring Garden Road panhandling. Read the article here.
  • June 8th, 2016: SGABA Executive Director Juanita Spencer discusses the Spare Change for Real Change Program with Global Halifax. Watch the interview here.
     

Did you know

  • The Daily Bread Program at Saint Mary’s Basilica and the Society of St. Vincent de Paul helps approximately 130 individuals a day
    (Saint Mary's Basilica, The Daily Bread Program) 
     
  • St. Andrew’s United Church hosts crowds of an estimated 60-70 individuals at their weekly Sunday Drop-in
    (St. Andrew's United Church, Sunday Drop-In Program)
     
  • There are over 10 organizations providing shelter services in the HRM
    (Halifax Regional Municipality, Housing and Homelessness Resource Guide, https://www.halifax.ca/regionalplanning/homelessness/)
     
  • 1 in 8 people in Halifax live in poverty
    (Halifax Regional Municipality, Housing and Homelessness Resource Guide, https://www.halifax.ca/regionalplanning/homelessness/)
     
  • here are approximately 6 organizations dedicated to supporting street involved youth in the community  
    (United Way Halifax, http://www.unitedwayhalifax.ca/about-us-new/news.html , http://makethemonth.ca/Halifax)
     
  • 44,000 Nova Scotians receive full or partial income assistance to meet their basic needs of income, food, shelter and clothing (Nova Scotia Poverty Progress Profile http://www.cwp-csp.ca/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/2015-Province-Poverty-Profiles_NS.pdf)
  • 1 in 7 (or 4.9 million) people in Canada live in poverty; with women, racialized communities, persons with disabilities, and elderly being disproportionality represented in this population (Canadian Institute for Health Information (2007). Improving the health of Canadians: Mental health and homelessness. Ottawa: CIHI)

  •  Precarious employment has increased by 50% in the last 20 years (Canadian Observatory on Homelessness (2012). Canadian definition of homelessness.  www.homlesshub.ca)

  • Poverty costs Canada as a whole between $72 billion and $84 billion annually (Canada Without Poverty. (2016). Just the Facts. www.cwp-csp.ca)

  • People with mental and physical disabilities are twice as likely to live below the poverty line (Housing and Homelessness Partnership (2016). Housing first. www.housingandhomelessness.ca)


Resources

The Spring Garden Area Business Association maintains a record of community and government services related to homelessness, housing and other quality of life issues.