Social Action and Community Building’s work is focused on driving system-level change for more just and supportive communities at the local, provincial and national levels.
Poverty, marginalization and discrimination are at the root of the inequality that affects our communities. We work with diverse partners at the neighbourhood, city-wide, provincial and federal levels in coalitions and networks. We develop effective policy solutions, engage residents in leadership opportunities and provide public education to community residents, advocates, service providers and the general public.
Programs and Initiatives
Campaign 2000: End Child and Family Poverty in Canada.
Campaign 2000 is a national, non-partisan coalition of 120 national, provincial and community partner organizations working together to eradicate child and family poverty in Canada.
Family Service Toronto provides leadership and coordination for Campaign 2000: End Child and Family Poverty in Canada and Ontario Campaign 2000.
Growing Up Healthy Downtown (GUHD)
GUHD is a partnership of eight dynamic, community-based multi-service agencies offering a variety of programs to support families with young children (0 to 6 years old) living in downtown Toronto.
Bathurst-Finch Tower Neighbourhood Renewal (TNR)
The Tower Neighbourhood Renewal (TNR) 2-year pilot project is a part of United Way Toronto 7 York Region’s Building Strong Neighbourhoods Strategy targeting resources to the areas most in need of investment and support. It is a response to United Way research which shows that poverty is primarily concentrated in high-rise towers in inner suburban neighbourhoods.
Social Action and Community Building (SACB) leads the implementation of TNR in the Bathurst-Finch Neighbourhood. SACB collaborates with residents, the building landlord and local community agencies to pilot the delivery of on-site programs and services to improve the quality of life of residents within the apartment towers. In addition, SACB engages residents in capacity building, leadership development and strengthening the sense of community in the apartment towers.
LHION (Lawrence Heights-Inter-Organizational-Network)
FST has been actively engaging with community residents and local agencies in Lawrence Heights, one of the most culturally diverse neighbourhoods in Toronto.
As our partner agency Unison Health and Community Services states, “the Lawrence Heights Inter-Organization Network (LHION) is a coalition of emerging groups, service providers and other representative organizations delivering programs and services in the communities of Lawrence Heights, Lotherton Pathway and Neptune, one of thirteen priority neighbourhoods in the City of Toronto. We choose to work together with the City’s Neighbourhood Action Team and residents to coordinate our efforts toward building healthy and sustainable communities. LHION strives to strengthen the capacity and effectiveness of neighbourhood governance structures and to increase resident participation and empowerment. We choose to apply an anti-racism, anti-oppression framework to our work.