update: tuesday march 8
the city is putting in an offer to purchase this property this week. getting the city to do this is an important victory after many years of organizing around this land.
Monday, March 7th at 12:30 pm
214-230 Sherbourne St. (south of Dundas St. E)
The vacant properties at 214-230 Sherbourne St. are for sale on the market. City Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam passed a motion at the last City Council meeting requesting staff to report back to Council Wednesday, March 9th on the feasibility of purchasing the property for affordable, including rent geared to income housing. Bids are due by Friday, March 11th.
“Toronto and Canada are in the grips of a housing emergency, where families are forced to make unconscionable decisions between putting food on the table and housing. For years, I have joined the community’s call to have City Council to buy 214-230 Sherbourne Street to build housing and revitalize the Sherbourne and Dundas corridor. Without urgent government action to build more affordable housing, we will see the humanitarian crisis of homelessness worsen” states Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam, Toronto Centre, Ward 13
This may be our last chance to purchase this site for social housing before it is lost to private condo developers! This site sits in the epicentre of the housing and homelessness crisis in Toronto. It is the site of the freezing death of Drina Joubert in 1985. It is less than 150 yards from the bus shelter where a man died of suspected hypothermia on February 4th of this year. If this site is lost, it will have an enormously negative impact on the community and its services.
“Sherbourne/Dundas has been dealing with issues of chronic homelessness for far too long. It is time to alleviate some of this suffering by providing affordable rent geared to income housing for the community” says Frank Coburn, experienced harm reduction practitioner and member of the community at Dundas and Sherbourne, who has direct experience with the housing and homelessness crisis.
“The community around 214-230 Sherbourne has watched this property sit vacant for over a decade while people sleep on drop in floors, in unsafe shelters and outside. The community has been calling for this important location to be purchased or expropriated for over 8 years. We have waited for housing while people continue to die unhoused in our community and on our streets while barely any new, truly affordable, rent geared to income housing stock has been built. Now is the time for the City to take some concrete action and purchase the site at 214-230 Sherbourne for social housing” says Lindsay Windhager, harm reduction coordinator at Regent Park Community Health Centre.
On Monday, March 7th at 12:30 pm, please join us outside of 214-230 Sherbourne St (just south of Dundas St. E) for a press conference with local community agencies and organizations and the local City Councillor. We must join together in the call for action to save this strategic and important site for real affordable housing! We call on the City to do what it takes to secure the funding to purchase the site before it is too late. We call on the provincial and federal government to support the City with immediate funding to take action on the housing and homelessness crisis.