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Homeless womens facility falls off council agenda

August 25, 2014
When city council meets on Monday for the final session of this term, an important item will be missing from the agenda. A proposal to set up two 24-hour drop-in spaces for street-involved women, the first facilities of their kind in Toronto, will not be going to a vote. more>>


Housing is a Human Right

August 21, 2014
What would happen if housing were enshrined in the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms? One activists inside account of the radical new fight to end homelessness more>>


Dying homeless find treatment, comfort through mobile palliative care program

Dying homeless find treatment, comfort through mobile palliative care program

August 06, 2014
TORONTO - They're too often the forgotten people  or the ones many of us turn a blind eye to as we pass a street corner where they might implore us for extra change: the homeless living rough outside through all kinds of weather or those precariously housed in a cot-for-the-night shelter or a decaying rooming house. more>>


Outcry over proposed Oakwood-Vaughan homeless shelter

July 30, 2014
Residents protest plan to open 50 beds for homeless men in neighbourhood more>>


Canada: Toronto Mayor fresh out of rehab votes against helping homeless LGBT teens

July 16, 2014
Toronto Mayor Rob Ford has voted against a proposal that would provide help for homeless LGBT teens, the only person to do so. more>>


Put Food in the Budget Campaign news

Put Food in the Budget Campaign news

July 16, 2014
At the core of poverty is capitalism  for there to be rich  there have to be poor. more>>


Ontarios housing crisis is also a health crisis

July 09, 2014
Whether weve managed to buy our dream home or are simply dreaming of having a home, few things matter to us more than where we live. Our homes can be a large part of our identity. But theyre much more than that. Research demonstrates that decent housing is fundamental to our health. more>>


LGBT homeless youth situation 'emergency,' says advocate

LGBT homeless youth situation 'emergency,' says advocate

July 09, 2014
One in five homeless youth in Toronto identify as LGBTQ, according to the citys most recent street needs assessment, which has led one person to ask council for a shelter and safe space specifically for LGBTQyouth who often face discrimination in the current system. more>>


Toronto to study TTC fare discount for low-income riders

July 09, 2014
City council votes 35-3 to have TTC and city officials study discount proposal. They will report back in 2015. more>>


LGBTQ youth homeless shelter on the horizon

June 27, 2014
New research, success in other cities and a key city report raise the confidence of advocates for queer street youth more>>


Toronto Star's View: Give homeless a decent place and savings may follow

June 27, 2014
A new study of Housing First initiatives in Toronto shows that giving the homeless a decent place to stay can help save money more>>


Housing improves plight of homeless people with mental illness, study finds

Housing improves plight of homeless people with mental illness, study finds

June 25, 2014
Providing housing to people who are homeless and suffering mental illness improves outcomes  and saves money, a Toronto study suggests. more>>


Ten-year plan for homelessness: Matthew To

June 25, 2014
Matthew To has a great idea about housing: Reverse rising homelessness rates in Toronto with a 10-year plan, modeled after Calgarys successful approach more>>


Council backs 24-hour women

Council backs 24-hour women

June 11, 2014
Near unanimous vote brings urgently needed homeless facility closer to reality more>>


Putting an End to Youth Homelessness in Canada

Putting an End to Youth Homelessness in Canada

June 09, 2014
TORONTO, May 29, 2014 /CNW/ - On any given night, more than 6,000 young people are without a place to call home; that has to change. That's why The Home Depot(R) Canada Foundation is committed to ending youth homelessness through The Orange Door Project; giving youth the housing, support services and hope they need to live safe, healthy and productive lives. more>>


Ontario urged to allow women on welfare to keep child support

Ontario urged to allow women on welfare to keep child support

April 22, 2014
When she couldnt find work after completing a social work diploma last spring, Jennifer Gray and her 7-year-old daughter reluctantly moved into a homeless shelter. more>>


ANNOUNCEMENT - NEW ICHA MEDICAL DIRECTOR

April 17, 2014
Inner City health Associates (ICHA) is pleased to announce that Dr. Leslie Shanks has been selected as its new Medical Director , effective May 1, 2014. more>>


Bringing services for those without, under one roof

Bringing services for those without, under one roof

April 10, 2014
Jeff is a 40-year-old HIV-positive man who lives on the street because conditions in shelters are too rough. Hes had trouble finding an apartment while he waits for his name to come up on Streets To Homes housing list. more>>


Socks for the Homeless

March 31, 2014
St. Mary's High School students in Owen Sound are doing their part to help the homeless.The students are collecting socks.Student Sarah Van Trigt encourages the community to also become involved. more>>


Civic leaders support call for Toronto anti-poverty plan

February 14, 2014
Toronto is home to about 20 per cent of Ontarios population but almost 30 per cent of the provinces poor, a gathering of civic and social leaders heard Tuesday. more>>


Court of Public Opinion personally serves Premier Wynne with summons

Court of Public Opinion personally serves Premier Wynne with summons

February 14, 2014
Two members of the Put Food in the Budget steering committee personally served Premier Kathleen Wynne on Tuesday with a summons to appear for trial next Wednesday, February 19. Just before 1 p.m., Tracy and Andrea presented the summons, printed on a 2x3 foam board, in the lobby of the Sheraton Hotel in downtown Toronto (see picture below) more>>


Finding Refuge from Torontos Cold Streets

January 24, 2014
TORONTO - Richard Dunbar has lived on the street for two years since being evicted for non-payment of rent. Nevertheless, the 56-year-old survives quite nicely  even on winters coldest nights  travelling from church to synagogue every day to partake in that days Out of the Cold program. more>>


Metcalfe Foundation Funding Program

January 20, 2014
The Metcalfe Foundation has released information about the Inclusive Local Economies Program and the Metcalfe Renewal Program. Program guidelines are available for downloading. more>>


Helping the homeless through the winter cold

January 20, 2014
TORONTO - Some homeless projects warm hearts  this one warms bodies. BY JENNY YUEN ,TORONTO SUN FIRST POSTED: SATURDAY, JANUARY 18, 2014 07:08 PM EST In a Caledonia Rd. warehouse Saturday, over 200 volunteers packed 3,000 blackduffel bags with donated goods  everything from toiletries to sleeping bags  which will be distributed to 195 Toronto-area partner agencies next weekend. more>>


Ontario helps people replace food lost during ice storm

December 30, 2013
Toronto residents who have experienced prolonged power outage who need help will be able to collect a gift card at one of 15 Ontario Works Toronto offices beginning Tuesday, December 31 and ending Friday, January 3, 2014. more>>


Toronto Police Service opens 13 police buildings as warming centres

December 23, 2013
Click "read more" and follow the link for a full list more>>


City of Toronto News Releases

December 23, 2013
For up to date information on the storm and warming centres open in Toronto. more>>


Shelter Score

Shelter Score

December 12, 2013
As anti-poverty activists staged a sit-in at Metro Hall on a chilly afternoon in March, Rob Ford held a press conference in his office. The mayor came out swinging against the activists, who had occupied the foyer of the government building to demand more shelter beds for the homeless. more>>


Frigid temperatures leave Toronto homeless at risk of frostbite and hypothermia

December 12, 2013
Years ago, her aunt froze to death on the streets of Toronto. She wasn't homeless. Just considered to be. "She happened to fall down and hit her head," said her niece. "And was left there as a homeless person to die. What a sad story. That people just walk by and don't take a moment of consideration out of their day to think and to know that they're human beings who have a heart, who have a life, who have a word, who have a story." more>>


New agency aiming to help Toronto

October 16, 2013
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Toronto Housing Wait List Passes 90,000 Households, 165,723 People

September 27, 2013
Torontos affordable housing wait list has grown to a staggering 90,060 households as of the end of August, according to Toronto Housing Connections (which maintains the list). Those households include a total of 165,723 women, men and children  an increase of 4% in the past year. more>>


Study finds risk of violence against Aboriginal women reduced by 40 per cent when socio-economic position is considered

September 27, 2013
If Aboriginal women had the same income and education levels as non-Aboriginal women, their risk of being abused by a partner could drop by 40 per cent, according to a new study by researchers at St. Michaels Hospital. more>>


Two New Communities Join National Program to End Youth Homelessness

September 13, 2013
TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Sept. 12, 2013) - Communities across Canada are joining a major national effort to significantly change the course of youth homelessness across Canada. Saint John, New Brunswick and Wellington County, Ontario are the latest communities to join the Mobilizing Local Capacity to End Youth Homelessness Program (MLC). The MLC program is an innovative approach to ending youth homelessness because it builds on local community strengths and connects them to national and international change makers to prevent, reduce and end youth homelessness. more>>


Fed: Homeless Advocate Doug Johnson Hatlem Leaving Toronto

Fed: Homeless Advocate Doug Johnson Hatlem Leaving Toronto

July 24, 2013
Street pastor Doug Johnson Hatlem is leaving town. First, Corey Mintz serves him a bread-laden meal. more>>


Helping Hand for Toronto's Homeless: Goar

July 24, 2013
Reeling from the cancellation of a provincial housing benefit, the city and anti-poverty activists pitch in to help. more>>


Ted McMeekin talks but who can act on social assistance rates?

July 24, 2013
Social Services Minister's lack of power makes consulting him pretty much pointless more>>


City council has voted in favour of increasing emergency services

April 04, 2013
City council has voted in favour of increasing emergency services for Torontos homeless by temporarily activating so-called flex beds. The only dissenting vote came from Mayor Rob Ford. more>>


StART Mural Program

March 22, 2013
StreetARToronto or StART is a new, pro-active grant program that aims to develop, support, promote and increase awareness of street art and its indispensable role in adding beauty and character to neighbourhoods across Toronto, while counteracting graffiti vandalism and its harmful effect on communities. This year's proposals are due April 15, 2013. more>>


Toronto Council rebuffs debate on shelter crisis

Toronto Council rebuffs debate on shelter crisis

February 21, 2013
A motion from Councillor Adam Vaughan would have made it possible for Council to debate the shelter issue immediately, rather than waiting till a city staff report is delivered next month. The motion needed 30 votes to pass and was unsuccessful (24-20). more>>


Limited Improvements, Serious Concerns

October 31, 2012
Poverty Free Ontario has released its analysis of the Final Report from the Social Assistance Review. more>>


Mental health and addicitons:  How Ontario and Toronto can improve lives while saving billions.

Mental health and addicitons: How Ontario and Toronto can improve lives while saving billions.

June 22, 2012
Toronto lawyer Sarah Shartal writes about the importance of investing in drop-ins as service delivery hubs to improve the health and quality of life of people in vulnerable situations. more>>