RALLY TO DEFEND SHELTER SPACE! Monday, Sept. 21, 12PM, City Hall


Image description: black and white image of a shelter bed and a park bench with an OCAP logo positioned between the two, with text reading RALLY FOR SHELTERS beneath it

RALLY AND MEAL TO DEFEND SHELTER SPACE!
Monday, September 21
12:00PM, City Hall (Bay & Queen)
Transportation from Dundas and Sherbourne at 11:30AM
Accessibility van & ASL interpretation provided

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Despite many promises to deal with the dreadful overcrowding in Toronto's homeless shelters, the City policy of keeping occupancy levels at 90% or below has still not been put into effect. Even in the summer months, the shelters are overflowing. At the same time, a process of social cleansing is underway, with plans being developed to drive the homeless out of the downtown core.

The 124 bed Hope Shelter at College and McCaul closed during April and no replacement facility has yet been found. City Council will now be asked to approve plans to move hundreds of beds out from George Street as part of a redevelopment that will mean the end of Seaton House and the School House Shelter. Nothing has been guaranteed in terms of replacing these beds.

OCAP is demanding that no shelters be closed and the George Street redevelopment be put on hold until the City has replacement locations lined up in the same area of the City.

On September 21, we will be confronting the politicians at City Hall who are responsible for this situation and placing our demands before them. Please come out and join our action.

•Enforce the 90% occupancy policy and deal with the crisis of overcrowding.

•No shelter facility to be closed without an adequate replacement in the same area of the City

•Keep enough shelters in the central part of the City and no relocation of beds to the suburbs

Download outreach materials:
Poster (11x17)
Poster (8.5x11)
Leaflet (double sided, 8.5x5.5)
16 page zine detailing the City's George Street "revitalization" project