Action Alert: sign our petition to urge the Ontario Government to implement the recommendations of the income security reform working group report!

Yesterday, we launched a petition to urge political leaders from all parties in Ontario to collaborate to put the recommendations in the income security reform working group report into action. Following the roadmap for income security outlined in this report has the potential to make a huge impact on poverty in Ontario while making the province a world-leader in income security along the way!

You can find the petition here: http://chn.ge/2DhQSm3

Please sign and share widely with all of your networks. We would also greatly appreciate retweets and shares on Twitter and Facebook.

Happy signing!

HPAP Deputations to the City of Toronto Budget Committee: Part 2 – Dr. Sarah Griffiths

On January 10th, HPAP members Dr. Michaela Beder and Dr. Sarah Griffiths delivered deputations to the City of Toronto’s Budget Committee. Both are powerful calls for the city to take meaningful actions to improve living conditions for Toronto’s vulnerably-housed population in the context of the current shelter crisis and for more long term solutions.

We featured Dr. Beder’s manuscript in part 1 of our post (see below). For part 2 we have Dr. Griffths’ manuscript:

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HPAP Deputations to the City of Toronto Budget Committee: Part 1 – Dr. Michaela Beder

HPAP members Dr. Michaela Beder and Dr. Sarah Griffiths delivered deputations to the City of Toronto’s Budget Committee on January 10th, 2018. Both are powerful calls for the city to take meaningful actions to improve living conditions for Toronto’s vulnerably-housed population.

They focus on 6 key recommendations:

  1. Increase long term shelter space by 1500 beds to meet Toronto’s 90% shelter occupancy target.
  2. All shelter staff should be trained in harm reduction techniques and philosophy (e.g. naloxone administration for people with an opiate overdose)
  3. Keep at least 1000 interim shelter beds open throughout the summer until the new shelter beds are open.
  4. Increase affordable housing opportunities by increasing rent-geared-to income housing, repairing old TCHC units, creating at least 1,000 new affordable rental housing units a year, and increasing supportive and mental health housing.
  5. Increase tax revenue by raising the property tax, instituting a vacant property tax, reducing tax incentives for developers, and reinstituting the vehicle registration tax.
  6. Change the definition of “affordable housing” from the average cost of market rent, to the amount someone on social assistance or Old Age Security can afford, ie “deeply affordable.”

In this 2 part blog post, we are posting the manuscripts for both deputations. Part 1 will be Dr. Beder’s deputation (see below) and part 2 will be Dr. Griffiths’.

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15 and Fairness Campaign – Action Alert

Please below for an important message from our friends at the Decent Work and Health Network and the 15 and Fairness Campaign:

  1. Please write to Kathleen Wynne in this final week before the amendments to Bill 148 are finalized on Nov 16 using the following link: http://15andfairness.org/take-action/#send-email
  2. Please help promote this video of Dr. Andrew Pinto presenting on Bill 148 by sharing on your social media networks: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iHyZ-7OwtXU

Thanks for your ongoing support!