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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>>


Womens 24-hour project delayed

April 22, 2014
A project to help protect the safety of street-involved women has stalled thanks to some tardy councillors. In a report earlier this month, staff recommended establishing up to two 24-hour drop-in facilities that would offer low-barrier, round-the-clock safe spaces for all women and would be the first of their kind in Toronto. But the plan to create them has been delayed because some councillors failed to return to a committee meeting. 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>>


No Merger of OW and ODSP

April 15, 2014
Ted McMeekin, the Minister of Community and Social Services, said today that OW and ODSP will not be merged into one program. more>>


Highrise hell for low-­income families in Toronto

April 15, 2014
New report details deplorable living conditions for low-income families in Toronto's aging highrises. Overcrowding, elevator breakdowns, broken door locks, persistent pests, peeling paint and the everpresent worry about paying the rent. more>>


Homeless Connect a success for city

Homeless Connect a success for city

April 15, 2014
150 volunteers helped more than 300 people at risk connect with housing, job, and health services more>>


Toronto's immigrants: The hidden homeless

April 14, 2014
Home, for almost 9 in 10 low-income families in Toronto, is an overcrowded, unaffordable and unsafe apartment in a highrise building. Its units are infested with vermin, in dire need of basic repairs and incidents of theft and assault are commonplace, a new study published by the University of Torontos Cities Centre has shown. more>>


How the Federal Government Plans to end Homelessness

How the Federal Government Plans to end Homelessness

April 14, 2014
Something largely overlooked by wide media coverage of the federal governments Economic Action Plan 2013 was that it marked a significant change in the way we will tackle homelessness in this country. The plan includes an investment on ending homelessness by providing five years of renewed funding for the homelessness partnering strategy (HPS), and placing a strong emphasis on the housing-first approach. more>>


Covenant House gives young entrepreneurs taste of sleeping on the street

Covenant House gives young entrepreneurs taste of sleeping on the street

April 14, 2014
First-ever Sleep Out: Next Generation raising awareness around the issue of youth homelessness Sleep Out: Next Generation - A group of 50 up-and-coming young professionals got a brief taste of what life on the street is like as Covenant House hosted its first Sleep Out: Next Generation on Thursday, April 10. more>>


One-stop shop event offers low-income people array of services

One-stop shop event offers low-income people array of services

April 14, 2014
Needy receive eye care, dentistry and legal assistance all in one place Asha Mohamoud was diagnosed with diabetes two months ago. Her doctor recommended a trip to the optometrist to check for eye damage associated with the disease. Its a service the single mother could scarcely afford. more>>


Homeless advocate warming up for cross-country walk

Homeless advocate warming up for cross-country walk

April 11, 2014
Jason McComb is back on the road, walking to Toronto with barely enough money for food and shelter. But the situation is all by choice and nothing new to the St. Thomas man who started walking to London, Ont. out of protest a few years ago when the city showed reluctance to improve its social services for the homeless. 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>>


Homelessness claims two more lives in Toronto

April 10, 2014
He had a big heart, cared deeply about his friends and had a great sense of humour. And he was only 35 years old. "He was still cracking jokes at the hospice even days before he died," said Greg Cook, an outreach worker at Sanctuary Ministries in Toronto who knew Clifford White quite well. 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>>


Complex real estate deal could leave local organization

March 31, 2014
Providing much-needed support to homeless families is far more important than building condos. Bernnitta Hawkins, the executive director of East Torontos Red Door Family Shelter, doesnt mince words when discussing the battle her organization may soon face to maintain its longtime shelter for homeless families at 875 Queen St. E., just west of Logan Avenue, on the site of WoodGreen United Church. more>>


Nominations open for Toronto's Public Health Champion Awards

March 20, 2014
Toronto Public Health (TPH) is encouraging the public to nominate individuals and organizations for the 2014 Public Health Champion Awards. Torontos Board of Health established these awards in 2008 during TPH's 125th anniversary to recognize leaders in public health from the front lines and the sidelines. more>>


Close the Housing Gap campaign hits Queen's Park: News Release

Close the Housing Gap campaign hits Queen's Park: News Release

March 20, 2014
The Close the Housing Gap campaign delivered its message to Queen's Park today, telling MPPs from all three parties that it's time for Ontario to step up, not step back, when it comes to investing in non-profit and co-op housing in Toronto and across Ontario. more>>


Make TTC free overnight during cold alerts, Councillor Josh Colle urges

March 18, 2014
The TTCs overnight bus and streetcar service should be free for everyone during extreme cold weather alerts, says a Toronto councillor. more>>


Prolonged cold temperatures affecting Toronto's water services

March 03, 2014
Prolonged, extreme cold temperatures are having an impact on the City of Toronto's watermains and the pipes that deliver water services to homes, causing delays in response times to service calls related to the cold weather more>>


Homelessness plan in development

February 27, 2014
SYDNEY  Frontline workers who deal with some of the regions poorest individuals discussed plans Wednesday to reduce homelessness in the Cape Breton Regional Municipality. 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>>


City of Toronto News Releases

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


Put Food in the Budget Campaign news

December 18, 2013
Perhaps as you read this, Melissa Addison-Webster of the Put Food in the Budget campaign is on board a train to Windsor. She will attend two hearings of A Poor People's Inquiry today (Tuesday): in the afternoon at the New Song Church on Drouillard Road, and in the evening at the Windsor Youth Centre. 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>>


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>>


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>>