Related rabble.ca story:
Taking it Back: Housing, Shelter, Safe Space Now!
Sunday, September 22nd, 2013
Allan Gardens Park, Toronto
*Meal, Gathering, March and Action
*Bring your mats, tents, sleeping bags and cardboard – prepare to sleep out!
On Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/337571059707140
The City of Toronto faces a massive housing crisis. Shelters are bursting at the seams (see OCAP's recent shelter stats statement) and the waitlist for social housing is over 10 years long. Since the Harris government eliminated rent control in the 1990s, the cost of housing has skyrocketed. Welfare rates remain so far below the poverty line that decent housing is out of reach for people on social assistance. The average cost of a bachelor apartment in the City is $837/month while the maximum amount on a single welfare cheque is $626/month.