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Toronto's chronic underfunding just gets worse: Editorial (Toronto Star)

February 03, 2016
Mayor John Torys administration argues that progress is underway, but budget falls short in several areas. more>>

Project Winter Survival assembles thousands of kits for Toronto homeless

January 29, 2016
So far this season, an initiative called Project Winter Survival has assembled as many as 3,000 survival kits and distributed them to almost 170 homeless shelters and outreach programs in Toronto. more>>

How supportive housing 'rescued' one homeless man

January 29, 2016
For seven years, Curtis lived on the streets of Toronto. The former accountant from Newfoundland never dreamed he would be homeless, but a series of bad choices and bad luck left him penniless and without a place to call home. more>>

Windsor Public Library to create community hub to help homeless and those in poverty

January 29, 2016
The Windsor Public Library is beginning a project to provide more access to services for high-needs populations. more>>

Ontario Formally Recognizing Black History Month January 29, 2016

January 29, 2016
Ontario is celebrating the uniqueness, vitality and continuing ADDITIONAL RESOURCES " Read the proclamation " Learn more about Black History Month contributions of the Black community in Ontario by officially recognizing February 2016 as Black History Month through a proclamation. The government also intends to introduce legislation in the near future that, if passed, would formally establish February as Black History Month in Ontario on an annual basis. more>>

New Website for The Toronto Mental Health & Addictions Supportive Housing Network

January 25, 2016
The Toronto Mental Health & Addictions Supportive Housing Network has developed and launched a new website more>>

Community Advocacy Coordinator Named One of Torontos Vital People

January 25, 2016
We are pleased to share that Community Advocacy Coordinator Mark Woodnutt has been selected as a 2016 Vital People Grant Recipient! The award was given through the Vital Toronto Fund at the Toronto Foundation, a long-time supporter of our work (in fact, in 2009, our former Green Barn Manager Rhonda Teitel-Payne received the same award!). more>>

Unveiling a safe haven for LGBTQ youth

January 19, 2016
New housing in Annex a triumph for researcher after years of effort. more>>

Hope Shelter to relocate - with one third fewer beds

January 13, 2016
Area councillor Mary-Margaret McMahon is welcoming the shelter with open arms. more>>

City of Toronto negligent towards Parkdale tenants, judge rules

January 08, 2016
Superior Court judge finds City of Toronto negligent by failing to notify Parkdale rooming house tenants of rent reduction. more>>

City of Toronto marks 10th anniversary of its drug strategy

November 18, 2015
City of Toronto marks 10th anniversary of its drug strategy to address the harms of substance use more>>

City of Toronto City Council Highlights

November 18, 2015
Highlights of the Toronto City Council Meeting of November 3 and 4, 2015 more>>

Ontario sets 10-year deadline to end homelessness

October 30, 2015
Province plans to work in coordinated way with municipalities to make and track progress as part of its poverty reduction strategy. more>>

Homeless-shelter stunt raises eyebrows in Leaside

October 07, 2015
Ad agencys fake creation on behalf of Raise the Roof had locals very upset more>>

Queen's Hotel tenants say they're being ousted on short notice

August 14, 2015
A community leader in Parkdale and the local MPP say a group of vulnerable tenants are being illegally evicted from a Parkdale hotel that operates as a rooming house more>>

Free Vaccines for Youth

April 24, 2015
Toronto Public Health offers free immunization services for youth under the age of 18 years who do not have a health care provider or a health card. more>>

Funding guide for Community Safety Investment Funding Program

April 09, 2015
The City's Community Safety Plan is guided by three principles: 1. a balance between enforcement and prevention; 2. investment in youth; and 3. building on the strengths of neighbourhoods and communities. CSI supports these principles by funding projects that focus on preventing violence, and including funded activities that respond to the needs of youth. CSI criteria encourage applications from organizations that work actively to build on the strengths of neighbourhoods and communities. more>>

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>>

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>>

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>>

Limited Improvements, Serious Concerns

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