Advocates Call Upon the City of Toronto to Strengthen the HousingTO Action Plan

Many low-and-moderate-income households in the city struggling to make ends meet. The HousingTO 2020-2030 Action Plan being presented to Planning and Housing Committee, builds upon the City’s last 10-year housing plan, Housing Opportunities Toronto: Affordable Housing Action Plan 2010-2020.

The action plan proposes a number of actions to address critical needs across the housing spectrum however it fails to meet the urgency needed in our city.

Housing Advocates call upon the City of Toronto to Strengthen the HousingTO 2020-2030 Action Plan by asking City Council to:

  • declare homelessness an emergency and direct the Mayor to invite the Premier and Prime Minister to an emergency summit within 30 days to devise a plan for dealing with the emergency;
  • commit that any housing units built on City land, or receiving City subsidies or City incentives shall be permanent;
  • establish a Housing Commissioner of Toronto; and
  • create minimum annual targets for housing construction which will be achieved regardless of the actions of other governments or funding partners.

Date:                Tuesday December 10, 2019
Time:               9 AM
Location:         2nd Floor, A Street reception, outside of Committee Rm 1, City Hall, 100 Queen Street West,

Speakers:

  • Kira Heineck, Toronto Alliance to End Homelessness
  • Brian Davis, Houselink Community Homes
  • Alejandra Ruiz-Vargas, ACORN
  • Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam
  • Councillor Gord Perks