Hamilton Urban Core – Capital Campaign

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For more than 25 years, Hamilton Urban Core has been addressing health inequities such as poverty, racism, discrimination, unemployment, and homelessness.

Our approach to helping our clients has never wavered. For more than a decade, Hamilton Urban Core resided in a mold-infested building on Rebecca Street in downtown Hamilton, that was originally part of a bus shelter. It is time for a change.

Our new location will be a 16,000 square foot, two-level building that provides all our programming and services under one roof. Our focus is on offering a better care experience for our clients in a welcoming, safe atmosphere.

We are driven to meet the needs of our community.
Join us and be a part of the largest capital project in our community centre’s history.

For more than 8 years, Denise J. Brooks lobbied for approval for a capital project to purchase land and build a new centre to serve the inner city. Her vision is finally becoming a reality. Your support will help us get there.

Hamilton Urban Core is requesting an investment of $2.4M from our community to complete the new building.

How this building will create an impact:

  • 15% increase in clients served.
  • The new space is expected to assist more than 9,100 clients a year.
  • Additional programs and services such as chiropody, mental health services and dental services all under one roof.

A 16,000 square foot space that provides all our programming and services in one location. It will offer a consumption and treatment service, dental, chiropody, mental health counselling, addictions, programs for youth, health promotion for seniors, nutrition programs, newcomer services, and an integrated approach to wellness that is inclusive and makes a difference in people’s lives.

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With your investment, we are building hope at the core. To talk about making your gift to Hamilton Urban Core, please reach out to Nhlaloenhle “Nala” Ndawana, Executive Director via email connections@hucchc.com or call 905-522-3233. Naming opportunities are available and we are more than pleased to talk to you about how your support will create a measurable impact in the lives of our clients.

Consider supporting through a gift of stocks or securities and eliminate the capital gains tax.

You will receive a charitable tax receipt for the fair market value of the securities. Donating appreciated stocked, mutual funds, or stock options means you pay no tax on the capital gains. Talk to your financial advisor to determine which investment will make the most philanthropic and financial impact for you.


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Your gift will be eligible for a tax receipt in accordance with CRA regulations. Contact us today and turn an overwhelming need into a reality.





The Impact:

How will this building create an impact?

Hamilton Urban Core will be able to increase the number of clients served by 15% and assist more than 9,100 people every year. With a larger building, all the services and programs will be able to take place under one roof and won’t require our clients to try and access the help they need in different locations across the city.


What is the ongoing timeline for the project?

The current anticipated move in date for our new location at 430 Cannon Street East is November 2023.

How can I support the Capital Campaign?

At Hamilton Urban Core, we create a sense of belonging. Your support is invaluable and will ensure that equity-deserving individuals, youth, seniors, newcomers, immigrants, racialized, and marginalized communities will receive an equitable access to health resources.


Contact Nhlaloenhle Ndawana, Executive Director at Hamilton Urban Core via email at administration@hucchc.com to talk about how you can turn an overwhelming need into a reality today. Consider pledging your gift over a longer timeline, or donating through stocks or securities and saving capital gains tax. Click here to donate our securities donation form.

Being a Neighbour/Community input:

How can community members play an active role or express interest in serving on either the advisory table or stakeholder tables?

There will be various opportunities for community members to play an active role as we prepare to move to 430 Cannon Street East in 2023. If you are interested in being part of the Advisory Group or learning about future meetings send us an email to connections@hucchc.com 

Interim Location:

Where is the interim location? 

The interim locations are:

Administration and Primary Care: 181 Main Street West Hamilton, ON L8P 4Y4

Consumption and Treatment Services: 70 James St. S Hamilton, ON L8P 2Y8

New Site:

What will the building will look like?

A 26,000 square foot, two level building that will provide all of Hamilton Urban Core’s programming and services under one roof. It will offer a consumption and treatment service, dental, chiropody, mental health counselling, addictions, programs for youth, health promotion for seniors, nutrition programs, newcomer services, and access to physicians and nurse practitioners. Welcoming, open and inclusive, Hamilton Urban Core is driven to meet the needs of our community.



Why 430 Cannon Street East?

A search was conducted to determine the best location for Hamilton Urban Core to move to. Out of five different locations, 430 Cannon Street was deemed to be the most suitable location due to its functional ability to meet the different needs of the community we serve and the budget allocated for the purchase.

In 2018 the Ministry approved the purchase of the land at 430 Cannon Street East. On December 10, 2020 the Ontario Government announced the funding for the redevelopment of Hamilton Urban Core Community Health Centre to provide their clients and families with a new vibrant community hub designed to provide holistic health and well-being services including the delivery of primary health care. We could finally share this good news with the community.

Why are you moving?

Hamilton Urban Core’s past location at 71 Rebecca Street was sold by the owner for redevelopment.

Bike parking:

Will bike parking be available?

Bike parking will be available.

What is Hamilton Urban Core bringing to the Community?

Hamilton Urban Core will be bringing the following:

  • A Community Health Centre that creates a sense of pride & belonging and protect health & community safety.
  • The expertise of our multi-disciplinary team with integrated programs that promote community connections & well- being.
  • Equitable access to health & well-being, free of systemic barriers.
  • An opportunity to get involved through volunteering and student placements, acquire new skills and give back to the community.
  • Customized care that the community can receive care from a team of diverse healthcare providers all through one health organization.