Put Homelessness on Election Radar
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Put Homelessness on Election Radar

2006_10_26blueprint.jpgWhat have been the issues discussed in this year’s civic election? The island airport? Check. The Gardiner? Yep. Crime? Sadly yes, even though crime in this city is down. Stephen LeDrew’s bow tie? Uh huh. What day of the week it is? Yeah.
What about homelessness? Nope. As far as we can tell, homelessness hasn’t received much airtime from the major candidates. We’re hoping that the launch of the Wellesley Institute’s Blueprint to End Homelessness might spark a discussion, among mayoral and councillor wannabes.
As the report puts it homelessness is bad for people, bad for communities and bad for governents. Building good social housing helps people, strengthens communities and is actually cheaper than funding shelter beds. From a humanitarian perspective having thousands of people living on the streets in the middle of winter is unacceptable.
Read the report, ask questions about it at your next municipal debate and remember that homelessness isn’t just an issue at the municipal level. Send a postcard like this one to your MPP or your MP.