Rima Berns-McGown, Ontario NDP critic for Poverty and Homelessness, is calling on the Doug Ford government to declare homelessness in the province a state of emergency. Berns-McGown said recognizing the crisis would also mean taking immediate action to properly fund shelters, as well as transitional, supportive, and rent-geared-to-income housing for people in need.
“No one should have to experience homelessness, but this is the cold reality of everyday life for more and more Ontarians, including entire families and a disproportionate number of Indigenous people,” said Berns-McGown. “With shelters overflowing and ‘tent cities’ getting torn down, people literally have nowhere to turn and we see person after person after person die a preventable death. Ontario has a homelessness crisis, and it’s inexcusable for the provincial government to keep ignoring it when lives are on the line.