Safe, affordable housing is a key contributor to people’s health and success and thus to Toronto’s economic and social well-being.
That’s why residents are being encouraged to add their voice to the Close the Housing Gap campaign. You can get posters, buttons, postcards, petitions and brochures and information on how you can take action by visiting: www.putpeoplefirst.ca.
The two-year campaign is focussed on persuading the federal and provincial governments to pay their fair share for affordable and social housing.
Now is a great time to get involved – with a possible provincial election this year and a federal election in 2015. Your voice is essential to convince Ottawa and Queen’s Park that they must step up, not step back, and support social and affordable housing.
This includes each government investing $864 million over 10 years to match the City’s contribution of one-third of Toronto Community Housing’s $2.6 billion capital repair needs. It also means both governments should commit to a long-term plan to address Toronto’s housing crunch.
Your actions will support other events in 2014 and grassroots activities such as community- and city-wide rallies.