The City of Toronto is in the midst of consultations on their upcoming 10 year housing and homelessness plan – HousingTO – and they have received direction from City Council to consult on a rights-based approach to housing. This is a great chance to finally have housing as a human right recognized in Toronto, especially since it can build on the right to housing work that looks to be moving forward through the national housing strategy.
Similar to the TO Housing Pledge, a few of us have come together again to call for changes at the City – this time focusing on the right to housing. We’ve created a website – www.Right2HousingTO.ca – with information on what a rights-approach to the HousingTO plan should include, as well as pathways to the City’s consultation process where people can also indicate their support for a right to housing in Toronto (it also includes some information on the right to housing federally).
There is an opportunity for real movement on a right to housing in Toronto through this new 10 year housing and homelessness plan.