Canada – Tent City in Toronto Facing Court-Ordered Evictions in Wave 2.
I am on the mailing list for Ontario Coalition Against Poverty OCAPToronto and received an email about a court decision today that disallows the tent cities in Toronto.
Homelessness in Canada, some of the major cities, Toronto specifically is a long standing problem that the pandemic is making worse. Wave 1 was bad enough, but with wave 2 hitting the country, there are more people who are desperate for housing here. This decision is going to affect more people than would normally be. It’s not a good thing.
If you are Canadian, if you live in a major city, please call your local MLAs, MPs, MPPs, mayors’ offices because now more than ever, this could be you or someone you love. And in some places more than others, winter is almost here. People die every. single. year. from weather here, in one of the richest nations on earth.
- Hidden homelessness – couch-surfing at friends or family, moving back in with parents, staying at a hotel/motel between homes
- Homeless – staying at a shelter or on the streets
…. who is homeless?
The largest number of street youths are in Toronto, Montreal, and Vancouver. Most street youth do not stay in shelters. They live on the street, “squat” in buildings, or “couch surf” at friends’ places.
Nearly 1 out of every 3 homeless young people in Canada identifies as LGBTQ2S+. Compared to the general population.
housing remains one of the leading barriers for women escaping violence and that domestic violence is one of the main causes of homelessness among Canadian families.
Veteran homelessness is a growing issue in Canada. The State of Homelessness in Canada 2016 reports that there are 2,950 veterans staying in shelters, making up 2.2% of annual shelter users. About 25% of the veteran population in Canada face difficulties transitioning from military service to civilian life and could face a risk of homelessness, mental illness and addictions. While veterans make up approximately 2% of the Canadian population, advocates are concerned with the overrepresentation of veterans in the homeless population.
The number of older people who are homeless is expected to rise as a result of population aging and the compound impacts of poverty, inequality, and rising housing costs
Having a disability is associated with hidden homelessness
Out of the 7.2 million Canadians aged 15 and over who reported having a disability, Note 11 13% also reported having experienced hidden homelessness, compared with 6% of Canadians without a disability