Toronto: RALLY for National Housing Day!

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We have a housing and homelessness crisis in Canada.

November 21st: We will be heard.

HOUSING IS A HUMAN RIGHT!
Speak up for an end to the housing crisis!
Speak out for an end to homelessness!

The Toronto rally is part of a National Day of Action taking place across Canada to send a message to the Federal government that we are calling for a national housing strategy and a stop to the cuts now!

For more information or to endorse the rally as a group or organization: righttohousingcoalition@gmail.com.
View the press release here.
Don’t forget to join us at our Right to Housing Forum after the rally!
You can download (and print!) pdf versions of the flyer here:
poster (8.5″ x 11″)
half-sized flyers (change the settings to print 2 to a page before printing)

In Canada, we have 150,000 to 300,000 people who are visibly homeless, plus 450,000 to 900,000 people who are among the “hidden homeless.”

The homelessness crisis may soon get even worse.

In Canada, 365,000 low income households are at risk of losing their homes because the Federal government refuses to renew subsidies for social housing. Meanwhile, the waiting list for social housing continues to grow: there are over 165,000 households on the waiting list in Ontario alone.

In 2009, Miloon Kothari, the UN Special Rapporteur on Housing, called the housing and homelessness crisis in Canada a “national emergency.” Yet, Canada remains the only G8 nation in the world without a national housing strategy, and our government continues to cut funding to housing and homelessness programs.

Join us on November 21st as we raise our voices collectively to say enough is enough!
Stop the cuts!
We need a national housing strategy now!

Toronto rally endorsed by 38 groups and organizations:
Advocacy Centre for Tenants Ontario
Street Health
Federation of Metro Tenants Association
Toronto Drop-in Network
Houselink Community Homes
Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario
Homelessness and Housing Umbrella Group
Oak Street Housing Co-operative
Regenesis
Young Parents No Fixed Address
Toronto ACORN
The Dream Team
Toronto Alliance to End Homelessness
Grey-Bruce Community Legal Clinic
Women Speak Out
Voices from the Street
Working for Change

OPIRG York
Centre for Equality Rights in Accommodation
ODSP Action Coalition
Colour of Poverty – Colour of Change
Ve’ahavta:The Canadian Jewish Humanitarian and Relief Committee
Parkdale Community Legal Services
Society of St. Vincent de Paul, Ontario Regional Council
Children’s Aid Society of Toronto

Canadian Observatory on Homelessness
Co-operative Housing Federation of Toronto
Aboriginal Legal Services of Toronto
Parkdale Activity – Recreation Centre
The Centre for Research on Inner City Health
MultiFaith Alliance to End Homelessness
Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants
TCHC Hydro Block Tenants
Covenant House Toronto
SharED
Canadian Unitarian Council
Maggie’s: The Toronto Sex Workers’ Action Project
Housing Action Now

(This is a growing list! To endorse the rally as a group or organization: righttohousingcoalition@gmail.com)

For a list of sources for the figures mentioned, please visit this page.
On social media? Use the hashtag #right2housing on Nov 21st to join in the conversation!
Join us on Facebook here and help spread the word by inviting your FB friends!
Don’t forget to join us at our Right to Housing Forum after the rally –  see the event page here.

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2 thoughts on “Toronto: RALLY for National Housing Day!

  1. The Rainbow of Truths about Affordable Housing !

    Great to see a political movement designed to ensure Canadians have some basic needs met and Housing in one the most basic ones next to Food.

    Canada needs a more comprehensive appraisal of the ‘rainbow of truths’ that affect homelessness from job losses, poor health, high taxes, low incomes, and on and on…

    We must encourage governments and property owners to provide available properties, spaces and resources to house Canadians.

    We need questions answered and solutions met !

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