Social Housing Crisis in Toronto
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For a school project we have joined North York Food Bank to educate and advocate for individuals who are affected by the Toronto social housing crisis. Social housing is an issue that affects people who are considered low income who need affordable housing. Social housing is important because individuals who have to spend most of their income on rent do not have enough money for other necessities. Most food bank users are spending 70% of their income on their rent, with an average of only $7 left after rent and utilities.
Our course examines gender inequality within the criminal justice system. We have chosen to bring attention to how the the social housing crisis directly affects victims of crimes. We have learned that females are more vulnerable and more likely to be victims of crimes in regards to domestic violence, sexual assault and physical or emotional abuse. Having to leave an unsafe home and find refuge elsewhere can be difficult; shelters are available but are not a long-term solution. Having accessible social housing within Toronto would allow victims of domestic violence an easier transition in leaving their abusive homes and a better opportunity to prevent them from returning to their abusive homes.
We are hoping to put pressure on the government to create and amend the policies that are currently in place to make affordable housing more accessible to those who need it. Over 100,000 households are on a waiting list to access food banks that averages anywhere from 7 to 12 years long.
For more information please look at North York Food Bank’s website: https://northyorkharvest.com/about-us/
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