LIFE*SPIN is one of the longest established and most respected Community Economic Development (CED) organizations serving low-income citizens in Ontario.
The mission of LIFE*SPIN is to provide information and support for individuals surviving on low-incomes, and to support the empowerment and self-development of these individuals in their efforts to attain self-sufficiency.
In addition to providing front-line services for mediation, referrals for services, homelessness prevention programs, and public legal educational resources, LIFE*SPIN launched a CED housing initiative. We invite your support for our work: finding solutions beyond emergency relief of poverty.
LIFE*SPIN is a registered charity that was formed in London by sole-support mothers in 1989 for the alleviation of poverty. Project funding and direct donations support our work.
- LIFE*SPIN provides information, support and community-based programs to low-income Londoners.
- Our front-line services deal with the immediate crises and problems faced by low-income people.
- With the 21% cuts to social assistance, there is an even greater need for our services.
- LIFE*SPIN is looking at long term strategic solutions to the problem of poverty.
Our Programs Include:
|Free Store||Income Taxes ||Just 4 Girls Program|
|CED Housing ||Christmas ||Public Legal Education |
|Old East Common||Living Room||Community Advocate|
|Pocket-Sized Farm||Money Smarts ||Back Pack Program|
Building Common Ground: Old East Common
Our CED Housing Initiative was featured at the FCM Conference in Halifax several years ago, as we initiated low-income housing using a Community Economic Development (CED) model, at a time when there was no provincial or federal housing funding. There was a bungalow on the adjacent property that was beyond repair, so we had it removed. We have been working with neighbours in the depressed area where we are located to design a community park space "Old East Common". In order to provide this space to the community - as a component of CED objectives to use local and available resources to generate social, environmental and economic benefits - it is essential to incorporate water efficiency as a tool to mitigate the economic and environmental impact of using an area for community gardens. We developed an innovative drainage system to take the storm water off the flat roof of our building to the park, and are currently researching pathway construction to accommodate walkers, strollers and wheelchairs.