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The City of Toronto has failed in its mandate to ensure accessible basic health needs and safe housing accommodations for the poorest people and to ensure the overall safety of all Torontonians.  Urgent action is needed.

Members of the Downtown East Faith Group Collective

FaithInAction.to: People of faith in Toronto working together to advocate for those experiencing homelessness during the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Letter from Faith Leaders

In a letter to Mayor John Tory, Downtown East Faith Leaders reveal the City’s inadequate response in ensuring accessible basic health needs and safe housing accommodations for the poorest people, and to ensure the overall safety of all Torontonians during COVID-19 crisis. Their letter is supported by an unprecedented number of local religious leaders.

On May 11, Mary-Anne Bédard, the General Manager for Shelter, Support and Housing Administration with the City of Toronto responded to the letter.

 

Media Coverage

On May 6, 2020 a press conference was held on the steps of the Church of the Holy Trinity where faith leaders told the city to not “take for granted the goodwill of Toronto’s Downtown East churches and their volunteers,” instead “mobilize significant resources to improve the living conditions of homeless people in order to end this pandemic.”

Toronto Star

Faith leaders call on Toronto to do more for people experiencing homelessness amid COVID-19 crisis

CBC News

Renewed Calls For The City To Do More For The Most Vulnerable

What is Needed:

Immediate fast-track of people into safe housing options outside of the unsafe shelter system.

Support for shuttered organizations to re-engage service delivery of harm reduction, crisis counselling, primary case management, health and well-being services in safe and effective ways.

An ongoing and explicit moratorium on evictions for those without alternative options available to them for the duration of the pandemic.

Accessible, steady and adequate supply of PPE for vulnerable populations, as well as volunteers and staff at both city funded and non-city funded organizations.

Dignified and accessible health, hygiene and safety provisions for the most vulnerable. This includes washrooms, handwashing stations, showers, and laundry.

Low-barrier and mobile COVID-19 screening.

Sign the Petition

The City of Toronto has failed in its mandate to ensure accessible basic health needs and safe housing accommodations for the poorest people and to ensure the overall safety of all Torontonians.  The City must mobilize significant resources to improve the living conditions of homeless people in order to end this pandemic. 

 

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