I am pleased to announce the City of Toronto and Toronto Community Housing have launched Close the Housing Gap, an advocacy campaign to persuade the federal and provincial governments to continue funding social housing at existing levels and provide new, long-term funding for social housing capital repairs.
As the campaign co-chair, I have been working closely with TCH and the City to put people first by fixing Toronto's social housing, but there is still a housing gap which can only be closed through new and ongoing funding from Ottawa and Queen’s Park. Raising property taxes is not the answer.
The Close the Housing Gap campaign calls for:
- The federal government to stop withdrawing money for social housing and instead reinvest that money back into social housing capital repairs;
- The provincial government to treat social housing providers fairly when paying social assistance rent rates, and
- The federal and provincial governments to provide fully-funded, long-term housing strategies.
The campaign will employ bus shelter posters, buttons, pamphlets, postcards, public events and other means to deliver its message. Social housing residents and a broad spectrum of partners will be involved.
Together, we can encourage residents to mobilize their communities, organize campaign events and contact federal and provincial politicians to urge them to close the housing gap. But we need you to join this important initiative and start put people first.
To learn more about the launch, please click HERE and make your voice heard for better housing in Toronto.