EXPROPRIATE 214-230 SHERBOURNE! HOUSING NOW!

EXPROPRIATE 214-230 SHERBOURNE! HOUSING NOW!

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Regent Park Community Health Centre started this petition to Toronto City Council and

Located at the southwest corner of Dundas and Sherbourne, the 214-230 Sherbourne St. lots are seven adjacent vacant properties. For 50 years, large houses on these lots provided rooming houses for poor people. But 10 years ago the owners demolished two of those houses and left the third one abandoned. For a decade now, homeless people just outside its doorstep have suffered the harsh realities of living on the streets while watching the properties lie empty.

The City of Toronto’s shelter system remains full and nearly a thousand people are trying to survive outdoors.  The downtown east has been severely hit by the housing crisis – compounded by the overdose crisis and now the COVID-19 pandemic. We are in a dire situation that demands rapid and dramatic action. In 1985, when 41 year-old Drina Joubert froze to death in a pick-up truck behind these very properties, people successfully mobilized to build over 3000 units of subsidized housing, including 61 units at Dundas and Sherbourne.

In March of 2018, the City passed a motion to explore the acquisition and expropriation of these properties. Since that time, there has been ongoing community mobilization to move the project forward. The housing and shelter crisis continues to escalate and the need for social housing is greater than ever.

We, the undersigned, are calling on:

•            Toronto City Council to act now – to proceed with the acquisition/expropriation of 214-230 Sherbourne St for the purpose of building desperately needed social housing and to save lives.

•            The Provincial and Federal government to provide the needed funding to build and operate housing at this site.

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