At least 10, 000 people will spend tonight and every night without a home in Toronto.
Fundamentally there are simply too few homes – for all of us- in Toronto.
Toronto has not invested in any substantial way in social or affordable housing for 25 years now, during the same period the City’s population has doubled.
This affects everyone living in the city..
Many who do have housing are only a step or two away from losing their home too.
Units are being built – not for folks to live in but as investments and use as financial surety on world money markets. one third of all homes listed for resale in Toronto have never been lived it.
People who live home less or on the streets die younger, often alone, often not recognized, nor even identified. people without homes are rendered “invisible” by the label “the homeless”. Sadly most have already been labelled invisible by being part of some other group similarly rendered not part of society, not part of the future envisaged by politicians we elect- hence by us. Time we changed and time we insist our politicians change and make housing a priority.
Join with others in Toronto homeless memorial, second Tue each month to remember the lives of those lost. At the homeless Memorial, Holy Trinity Church, trinity Square, next to Eaton Centre.