Shelter Now: Fill City Council For Vote on Adding 1000 Shelter Beds
Tuesday, December 5 | 8:30am – Breakfast, 9:00am – Rally, 9:30am – Go into Council Meeting
City Hall, Nathan Phillips Square, in front of ‘Toronto’ sign
Toronto’s homeless shelter system has been dangerously overfull for a very long time, with dire consequences. 70 homeless people died in the first 9 months of this year, many not even reaching the age of 50. The City has thus far refused to add enough shelter capacity and chosen to cram people into warming centres and volunteer-run out of the cold facilities, but even those are overburdened.
Now, following a long fight, the council committee responsible for shelters recently voted unanimously to recommend to City Council that it open 1000 new shelter beds. It also voted 4-1 to call on Mayor Tory to declare a state of emergency and open up the armouries to shelter people this Winter. Both measures are urgently needed and will save lives.
City council will vote on both of these recommendations on December 5 and we need to be there. It is by rallying together that we can win what we need. Join us.