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Province pledges $1 billion for social housing, plans to restrict access to wait-lists

Wednesday, April 17th, 2019

Ontario has pledged to invest $1 billion to help repair social housing and reduce homelessness and plans to propose new rules restricting access to housing wait-lists, including a cap on how much potential tenants can be worth financially… Housing providers will also be empowered to “turn away tenants” who have been evicted for criminal activity… to reduce crime and gang-related violence in community housing so that all residents feel safer in their home,”

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Engaging People with Lived/Living Experience

Friday, March 22nd, 2019

… this guide was written to support poverty-reduction groups to meaningfully engage people with lived/living experience. It celebrates the potential that can be unlocked when these individuals are included and empowered to drive antipoverty work… 10 stories that inspire; 10 useful resources; and 10 ways to get started. It highlights leading practices, inspires new thinking, and serves as a reminder of how critical engagement of people with lived/living experience in poverty reduction truly is.

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Ontario nowhere near goal of full accessibility by 2025, review finds

Monday, March 11th, 2019

“This is a matter of civil rights, and people with disabilities are being discriminated against on a daily basis in multiple ways,” Onley said… “The message is: you don’t belong here.” … Even the definition of “disability” is problematic, he said, saying AODA’s current language positions disability as a medical issue rather than one of social exclusion.

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Next Steps for Non-Profits in Canada’s Evidence Ecosystem

Tuesday, March 5th, 2019

If a non-profit is interested in improving its use of evidence-based practices, one of the easiest and most cost-effective approaches is to dedicate staff resources (or hire an external researcher or partner with an academic institution) to consolidate existing evidence… lack of evidence capacity among frontline practitioners and policymakers remains a significant barrier for the adoption of evidence… service users have an important role in guiding evidence-based program design and policymaking.

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Toronto council falling behind on election pledges to reduce poverty, report finds

Tuesday, February 26th, 2019

“Rather than fully funding council-approved strategies and plans, the budget reveals the real priorities of Council — low property taxes that especially benefit the affluent, no new revenue tools (i.e. taxes from other sources), and expensive capital projects that don’t deliver on the critical needs of Toronto residents… The current budget is designed to serve the most affluent Torontonians at the expense of everyone else, especially the poorest residents of our city.”

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Provincial cuts leave adults with disabilities ‘hanging on a ledge’

Saturday, January 19th, 2019

Parents unable to manage or co-ordinate their adult son or daughter’s daily life believe the only options are day programs, which cost as much as $35,000 a year, or residential care, that typically runs at $140,000 annually, McGill says. Independent facilitators, however, work with individuals to discover their dreams, interests and goals and connect them with much less costly community resources.

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Funding pro bono legal services a no-brainer for Ford government

Wednesday, November 14th, 2018

Increasingly, the justice system has become less accessible to low-income Canadians, who simply cannot afford the cost of legal advice. They are left with no choice but to represent themselves, doing their best to determine whether they have a valid legal claim or defence, in which forum it should be argued, what steps need to be taken to advance it, and how to frame it persuasively… helping those in need in the midst of an increasing access-to-justice crisis is simply the right thing to do.

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Toronto can solve its affordable housing crisis. Here’s how

Thursday, August 9th, 2018

The city’s housing affordability crisis acts as a fundamental limit on our future progress. The talent needed to fuel our economy can no longer afford to comfortably live here… Home-ownership is out of reach for entire classes and generations of Torontonians… With the prosperity our city is generating, we have the means and capacity to address this crisis. What we need are leaders with the political will to take it on and solve it. Nothing less that the future success of our city and the future well-being of all Torontonians is at stake.

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A new definition on affordable housing is needed

Friday, July 20th, 2018

… Toronto wound up with an affordable housing program that doesn’t actually produce much affordable rental housing. Instead, it results in housing that’s pegged to the city’s average market rents. Certainly, that’s not bad housing and it fills a need. But it does not fill the needs of Toronto’s low-income tenants as the city is so keen to suggest it does.

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A new definition on affordable housing is needed

Friday, July 20th, 2018

In a city like Toronto the cost of housing has risen far faster than incomes, making the average market rent calculation meaningless when it comes to defining affordability. That’s why the city has an affordable housing crisis that sees low-income residents living in homeless shelters; waiting for years to get into social housing where rents are affordable; and struggling to make monthly paycheques stretch to cover the rent and still put food on the table.

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