MARCH ON CITY HALL! OPEN NEW EMERGENCY SHELTERS NOW! Wednesday, February 17, 11AM, Queen & Sherbourne Interview With John Clarke of OCAP

9 Feb

Below is a call for action from OCAP as well as a brief interview with John Clarke from OCAP that I did.

TORONTO’S HOMELESS SHELTERS ARE BURSTING AT THE SEAMS

March on City Hall

Wednesday, February 17
Assemble: Queen and Sherbourne, 11.00 AM
Soup Provided

Anyone who tries to find a bed within the Toronto homeless shelter system is fully aware that it is in a crisis of overcrowding. During the week of January 18, OCAP members and allies visited the City warming centres and interfaith Out of the Cold shelters that function as a back up for the overloaded system. We spoke to people using these places and volunteers in them. What we found more than confirmed our worst fears.

People are being packed into spaces that, despite the best efforts of those running them, are unable to meet the need. The facilities are inadequate, the demand for them is too great, and people are being turned away.

OCAP will soon release a report on its findings. Drawing from first hand accounts and empirical evidence, the report aims to challenge the ongoing assault on the health and dignity of those who access the shelter system, and challenge the City to provide desperately needed measures to address the situation. Significantly, the report will provide readers with crucial details as to the grave reality of the shelter crisis in Toronto. Space must be opened and the City’s policy of keeping shelter occupancy at a maximum of 90% enforced. The federal government armouries that have been opened in the past to the homeless must again be made available an emergency measure.

On February 17, we will deliver our report to the politicians at City Hall. Please come out and join us on that day.

1.what is the purpose of the protest on the 17th
Our action on February 17 will involve the release of a report on the conditions in the interfaith out of the cold facilities and warming centres that function as a back up for the Toronto homeless shelters. We will march on City Hall to deliver the report and demand action by the politicians.

2.what is the current conditions of those in poverty in Toronto at the moment

Poverty and homelessness are at crisis levels in Toronto and the homeless shelter system is bursting at the seams

3.what are the conditions of shelters and out of the cold programs
The out of the colds are run by dedicated people but they can’t take in everyone who needs shelter and the facilities they offer are grossly inadequate
4.how has the sams problems on welfare and disability affected people ending up on the streets
SAMS led to delayed cheques and caused people to lose their housing in some cases
5.what can people do to help

When we release the report we will be calling on people to contact the Mayor and demand action to address the shelter crisis
Come out to Queen and Sherbourne at 1.00 AM and be ready to show solidarity with the homeless

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