As healthcare workers, we know there is an immediate need for safe housing, especially during the winter months of a pandemic. Unfortunately in Toronto, the current efforts to provide shelter for our most vulnerable have been inadequate. Shelter spaces are often unavailable or people do not feel safe or comfortable living in them. Ultimately, forcing people to stay outside in subzero temperatures without shelter.

Khaleel Seivwright has stepped up to provide insulated and fire safety approved outdoor Tiny Shelters filling a critical gap and providing safety for a group of people who so desperately need it. As healthcare providers, we demand that the legal proceedings against Mr. Seivwright are withdrawn and the clearing of Tiny Shelters is stopped. Of course, the end goal is housing for all, but until that is a real possibility we should support a harm reduction approach and individuals like Mr. Seivwright who are brave enough to develop creative solutions to this life-threatening housing crisis.

Please read our letter and sharing it and your support for Mr. Seivwright and Tiny Shelters on social media and with your city councillors or Mayor John Tory (telephone: 416-397-2489, email: mayor_tory@toronto.ca).

Link: https://healthprovidersagainstpoverty.files.wordpress.com/2021/03/hpap-tiny-shelter-statement-march-2021.pdf