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Adam Needs A Bed! 2 Minute Call/Email/Tweet Action

Contact the Mayor & General Manager of Toronto Employment & Social Services Today/Tomorrow!

1. Tell them to give Adam Nordin Housing Stabilization Fund money for a bed now.

2. Tell them to implement a disability accommodation for the Housing Stabilization Fund

Mayor Tory: 416-397-2489 – mayor_tory@toronto.ca@JohnTory

Tom Azouz (General Manager, TESS): 416-392-8952 – Tom.Azouz@toronto.ca@TorontoESS

Adam Nordin is a disabled man who lives on the Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP). Recently, Adam had a bad bout of bedbugs and had to get rid of his bed. Because he barely gets by on the low ODSP rates, he applied to the Housing Stabilization Fund (HSF) for money for a bed. The HSF is supposed to be for situations exactly like this.

Adam has chronic leg and back pain and is recovering from shoulder surgeries he had in February 2020 and December 2019. Sleeping on the floor makes things much worse for him. Even though Adam is disabled and Toronto Employment and Social Services is legally obligated to consider this in his application, there is no evidence they did. Adam has medical documentation saying he requires a bed and not having one “has exacerbated his underlying medical condition.” They denied his HSF application for a bed.

Adam was told he won’t qualify for money for a bed until October. This is because Adam had previously been unlucky enough to have had bedbugs within the past 2 years. His punishment: extreme pain until the entire 24 months passes. This is an inhumane policy.

But, Adam would be denied in October too. You can only get the HSF for bed bugs if you apply within 60 days of a treatment. Adam shouldn’t have to hope to get bedbugs again to be able to meet his basic needs.

Adam needs a bed and he needs it now.

Call/Email/Tweet Mayor Tory and the General Manager of Toronto Employment and Social Services Now! #BedForAdam #HSFJustice

Mayor Tory: 416-397-2489 – mayor_tory@toronto.ca@JohnTory

Tom Azouz (General Manager, TESS): 416-392-8952 – Tom.Azouz@toronto.ca@TorontoESS