We are happy to have the support of influential Torontonians, who have spoken out to oppose the sale of social housing:
Several University of Toronto professors, including David Hulchanski, Frank Cunningham, and Eric Miller released a letter advising caution on the proposed sale of homes. Read their letter: UT Cities Centre Letter
Former Toronto Mayors David Crombie, Arthur Eggleton, and John Sewell have co-written a letter, in which they argue: “We think this strategy should not be pursued. Clearly [the sale] will not lead to an increase in affordable housing; it will not lead to more income integration; and it does not provided the long-term financial solution needed to address the repair crisis facing Toronto Community Housing.” Read more here or download: 3-Mayors-Letter
In addition, former Mayor and current Chief Commissioner of the Ontario Human Rights Commission Barbara Hall has also drafted a letter expressing concern about the sale. She notes: “The plan to sell TCHC’s scattered housing units will further decrease the already limited stock of affordable housing in Toronto. These units were created deliberately to ensure that affordable housing options were integrated throughout the city, so that people of all income levels could live together in the same neighbourhoods. Eliminating these units will lead to a concentration of affordable housing options in specific parts of the city, thus increasing segregation or ghettoization of the individuals who live there, many of whom are identified and protected by the Code.” To read more, download the letter: Barbara Hall Letter
Michael Shapcott of Toronto’s Wellesley Institute has shared his deputation for the Executive Committee opposing the sale of public housing.