What is RHAP?
Riverdale Housing Animation Programs (RHAP) has been the charitable arm of Riverdale Housing Action Group (RHAG) since 1997. Riverdale Housing Action Group is a community-based non-profit housing provider, established in 1986, to ensure safe, permanent and rent-geared-to income housing for the most vulnerable in our community. Our organization owns and manages nine buildings (44 units in the city of Toronto east of the Don Valley) with 96 tenants – 42 families with 35 children. We also “sister” with other agencies and housing providers so that we can reach more people in need throughout the
greater Toronto East area.
Our Holiday Giving program is implemented on an annual basis during the holiday season. RHAP partners with volunteers and donors to sponsor families living in our community, and provides these families with gifts and food for a holiday meal. Join our sponsors such as CHUM, Corby, and Montessori School Forrest Hill to sponsor a family during this holiday season.
RHAP has received a grant from the Ontario Ministry of Senior Affairs for a pilot program for 2017/2018. This grant will support our new monthly Seniors Group for individuals in the Riverdale Housing community who are ages 55 and older. Our Seniors Group has been established to broaden networking and community integration for our senior members, reduce isolation, raise our seniors’ awareness regarding issues and resources, support activities, events, and programs that target seniors’ issues, improve our Seniors’ mental and social health and physical fitness, and more!
Our women’s group facilitates a safe space where women can come together to socialize, support one another, and engage in a variety of activities. The women’s group serves to provide a greater sense of community and reduce isolation, while our participants attend fun outings that are not always affordable for women living below the poverty line. RHAP runs this program once a month, and it is open to all of our femme community members.
March Break Day Camp
RHAP’s annual March Break Camp provides children and youth ages 4 to 18 with fun-filled educational and recreational activities. Since children and youth get a week off of school in March, we offer an opportunity to spend this break in a positive environment where children and youth can socialize, engage in fun outings and activities, and build relationships with one another. It is through the support and generosity of volunteers and community donors that RHAP is able to offer diverse, recreational programming to families and children who otherwise may not have these experiences.