Affordable Housing Crisis
LAMP’s 2017 AGM panel on Affordable Housing provided a platform for community engagement to address the affordable housing crisis. More than 160 people attended, passionate about improving conditions for people finding it hard to afford to live in Toronto.
Residents shared their stories of hardship of being on the verge of homelessness, living in a shelter, living in substandard conditions and travelling hours to get to school or work. A call to action was made along with a promise of more community meetings to find solutions.
In partnership with important grassroots organizations like Albion Neighbourhood Services, Daily Bread Foodbank and Toronto Public Health and more than 40 local residents at each stakeholder meeting, a community led initiative was born. More than 172 individuals have participated to date.
The community leaders formed the Lakeshore Affordable Housing Advocacy and Action Group. Its purpose is to create new units of affordable supportive housing, to research innovative models and to help people on the verge of homelessness maintain their housing.
Outcomes include Landlord and Tenants Rights education and support, referrals to Albion Neighbourhood Services, South Etobicoke Community Legal Services, seniors support services, and assistance with housing matters like maintenance and other issues. If you are interested in getting involved please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or Jasmin Dooh at 416-252-6471 ext. 308