Advertisement
Canada

Advocates for Toronto’s homeless population criticize ordered evacuation of tent city

A person's tent and belongings can be seen under an on-ramp to the Gardiner Expressway in downtown Toronto.
A person's tent and belongings can be seen under an on-ramp to the Gardiner Expressway in downtown Toronto. Enzo Arimini / Global News

TORONTO – Advocates for Toronto’s homeless population say the city is putting vulnerable people at greater risk by forcing them to leave their makeshift shelters.

City officials are in the process of handing out notices to homeless residents living in tents or other temporary shelters on municipal land, giving them 14 days to vacate.

READ MORE: ‘It’s a horrible life out there’: How frigid temperatures are impacting Toronto’s homeless

A city spokesman says the dwellings can pose safety or fire hazards.

Brad Ross says city staff are working with the people who will be affected to help them find housing and other supports.

READ MORE: City of Toronto orders people living under Gardiner Expressway to leave within 2 weeks

But a street nurse representing the newly formed Shelter and Housing Justice Network says people forced out of tents don’t usually turn to Toronto’s overtaxed shelter system.

Story continues below advertisement

Cathy Crowe says they instead get driven into hiding, away from key family and social supports that could ensure their safety.

(The Canadian Press)

Global News Redesign Global News Redesign
A fresh new look for Global News is here, tell us what you think
Take a Survey

Sponsored Stories