On Friday April 3rd from 8:30 am – 4:30 pm, help Health Providers Against Poverty flood Mayor Tory and City Hall’s phone lines demanding #HousingNow for people experiencing homelessness in response to COVID-19. People crammed into Toronto’s shelters are at incredible risk and we need action now!

We are asking the city to take action on the following five demands:

The five demands

Homeless memorial notes 995th name, Dec. 11

What a shocking statistic! Who is taking responsibility for helping the most vulnerable in Toronto? With 100,000 families on the waiting list for subsidized housing and 9,000 homeless people relying on shelters, Toronto is facing more than a “critical issue” in housing.

How desperate must access to housing have to be before we wake up and admit that Toronto has an emergency housing crisis? The article states that “13 people have died in this city in the last 30 days.”

Bold action and serious soul-searching needs to be undertaken by Toronto city council prior to finalizing a 10-year blueprint for a new housing action plan.

While many people are concerned about Kelowna’s homeless tent cities, no one seems willing or able to give them shelter.

Kelowna Mayor Colin Basran says the city, B.C. Housing and Journey Home have been working for months trying to find winter emergency shelter space, to no avail.

“No matter where we turn, it seems like there’s one issue or another that makes the site unavailable,” Basran told iNFOnews.ca today, Nov. 27.

While they look, winter has officially arrived this week with temperatures expected to drop as low as -13 Celsius — and colder with a wind chill.

Toronto’s shelters are consistently overflowing, advocates and public health experts warn

After years of shelter overcrowding and a dramatic rise in homeless deaths were met, largely, with government inaction is it time to declare homelessness in Toronto an emergency situation?

Many have compared shelter conditions to those of disaster relief camps. News stories of homeless deaths are almost weekly events and the estimated homeless population of the city sits at around 9000.

… Canada, the United States, and not-so-Great-these-days Britain. They are all run by people who pretend to work for the citizens but really do the opposite. Whatever they do to make things better always makes life worse. There’s a good article about them on The Guardian web site.

It’s an excerpt from a book by Anand Giridharadas, Winners Take All: The Elite Charade of Changing the World. The title gives a good clue to what it’s all about. It’s a good companion piece to another Guardian essay, The Trouble With Charitable Billionaires by Carl Rhodes and Peter Bloom, that appeared last May.

A proposed housing project that promises to provide vulnerable people with the supports they need received some critical support of its own at a recent public hearing.

All seven people who addressed Burnaby city council at a Tuesday public hearing spoke in favour of a rezoning application that would allow a 52-unit housing complex on Norland Avenue.

The three-year pilot project, which began last summer, is testing whether no-strings-attached cash support can boost health, education and housing for people living in poverty.

Margie Goold, who suffers debilitating arthritis, bought a new walker.

Lance Dingman, who lost his right leg to a chronic bone disease, is no longer running out of groceries by the middle of the month.

Wendy Moore, who has been homeless for almost two years, is looking for an apartment.

The three Hamilton residents are part of the first wave of participants in Ontario’’s experiment with basic income, a monthly, no-strings-attached payment of up to $1,400 for people living in poverty. Those with disabilities receive an additional $500 a month.