+ Are Riverdale Housing Action Group (RHAG) and Riverdale Housing Animation Programs (RHAP) the same organizations?

No. RHAG 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. RHAP is the charitable arm of RHAG created in 1997 to further address the needs of women, children and youth in the RHAG and larger Toronto East communities through free-of-charge support programs and services.

+ Is Riverdale Housing Animation Programs (RHAP) a charitable organization?

Yes. RHAP is registered with the Canada Revenue Agency as a charitable organization and its charitable number is 89773 7722 RR0001. For cash donations and “in-kind” gifts of property over $10.00, you will receive a tax receipt if requested.

+ Does Riverdale Housing Animation Programs (RHAP) receive government funding?

No. RHAP is funded only through grants, fund raising efforts and donations.

+ Does Riverdale Housing Animation Programs (RHAP) charge for programs and services?

No. all support services and programs are free-of-charge to RHAG community members.

+ How Can I volunteer?

RHAP has a variety of volunteer opportunities for people of all ages and experiences. For more information, please contact us. RHAP Staff are open to new suggestions and are able to tailor a volunteer experience that matches a person’s goals and skills development for future employment or educational opportunities. Volunteers can gain experience with program development, group facilitation, research, advocacy, fundraising, outreach, building community partnerships and conflict resolution.

+ How many people does RHAP serve?

Each year, RHAP programs serve more than 300 community members.

+ Do you accept Practicum Students?

RHAG provides practicum opportunities to approximately 2 Social Work Students from colleges and universities every year. In past years, RHAP has had placement students from the University of Toronto, George Brown College, Ryerson University and the Toronto District School Board.

We provide opportunities to learn about support services, non-profit organizations, social housing, counseling, crisis intervention, referrals, community development, advocacy and community partnerships. In addition, RHAP provides learning opportunities for group facilitation, outreach, program development and evaluation, conflict resolution and fundraising.

Within RHAG, students will engage with a culturally diverse community of women, youth, children and seniors. Within an anti-oppression and strengths-based framework, students are encouraged to examine how social inequalities impact a diverse low-income population with the recognition of the strengths and skills our tenants’ possess.

+ How is your organization governed?

RHAP is governed by a Board of Directors made up of more than 50% Tenants and Community Members.