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IT'S NOT ABOUT THE ONE DAY WE TAKE ACTION.
IT'S ABOUT THE 364 OTHERS.

We work to eliminate the toxic stigma around homelessness & rally everyday citizens to take action.

THE ADDRESS

The eyes that met mine were different.

They reflected both the lived experience of immense hardship and an inspiring resilience I was not used to seeing. They were different in a way that I could have only noticed by staring the man set out before me—clothes tattered and hands held wide-open—in the eye with deliberate intention.

But I looked away. And that was the most dangerous thing I could do.

Homelessness is our collective reality and “Canada’s poorest postal code” is in our own backyard. We cannot—as citizens raised with the compassion that makes us Canadian—stand by as the homeless are tossed around as a societal hot potato: relentlessly ignored and passed to those next in line to be “someone else’s problem”.

The cycle ends with us. We will not be the ones to make the next toss.

And so began this project. The Hot Potato Initiative is a youth-led movement working to eliminate the toxic stigma around homelessness and rally everyday citizens to take action.

I hold a conviction that we will see a day when the homeless are no longer forgotten in our community, the toxic stigma is laid to rest, and our fellow citizens actively fight injustice and advocate change. It is with this same conviction that I ask you to help us make this day a reality.

Mobirise

Ivan Chiang, Founder

COMMUNITY
ACTIVISM

We combat the toxic stigma around homelessness through our media campaign featuring the homeless.

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COMMUNITY
EDUCATION

We educate youth on homelessness through our speaker series events and online resources.

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COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT

We engage the community through our various outreach initiatives and network of affiliate chapters.

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THE NUMBERS

20+

High Schools

500+

Members

100K+

Canadians Reached

2000+

Meals Delivered

THE PARTNERS

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About

The Hot Potato Initiative is a youth-led movement working to eliminate the toxic stigma around homelessness & rally everyday citizens to take action.

Legal

The Hot Potato Initiative is legally incorporated under the Societies Act of British Columbia. Our non-profit number is S0066891.

Get In Touch

General Inquiries
contact@hotpotatoinitiative.ca

Sponsorship Inquiries
outreach@hotpotatoinitiative.ca