Take Action: 214-230 Sherbourne Street

214-230 Sherbourne – Call for Expropriation Now!

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We have been informed that the City’s bid for 214-230 Sherbourne was not successful. However, the City still has the power to expropriate the property and turn it into desperately needed rent geared to income housing.  The out of control real estate market and private profit should not take precedence over the lives and safety of human beings.

The property at 214-230 Sherbourne St. has sat vacant for over 10 years while the ravages of the housing and homelessness crisis decimate a community outside its doors. A 30 room mansion should not be left vacant while people freeze to death outside.  This land has now been sold to developers who will no doubt try to develop it into condos that will further displace disproportionately Black and Indigenous people from their neighbourhood. The municipal, provincial and federal governments should not be allowed to ignore this situation and turn their backs on the people who have a right to live and a right to basic shelter and housing.

Enough is enough.  Regardless of who owns the property at 214-230 Sherbourne – it is in the public’s best interest for the City to take action now to expropriate.

Read the Toronto Star Editorial calling for the city to turn 214-230 Sherbourne into housing.

City staff have been directed to explore the option of expropriation for this site since 2018.  The time to act to do so is NOW.  The cost of letting people continue to suffer and die on the streets is a much higher price to pay.  We call on the City to prioritize the lives of homeless people and take the necessary action to secure 214-230 Sherbourne and to start the development of social rent geared to income housing. Please help send this message to the City.

There are two chances for us to push the City to move forward with expropriation:

1. Planing and Housing Committee

Friday March 25th – the item of 214-230 Sherbourne and the revitalization of the downtown east, including the Dan Harrison building, is slated to be on the agenda of the Planning and Housing Committee of City Council. Please contact and lobby the Councillors and City staff below to demand that the City moves forward with the expropriation of 214-230 Sherbourne:

The Mayor’s Office – 416-397-CITY (2489) or mayor_tory@toronto.ca

Abigail Bond – Housing Secretariat 416-338-1143 or Abigail.Bond@toronto.ca

Planning and Housing Committee Members:

  1. Executive Committee of City Council

Wednesday March 30th – a report back from staff regarding the bid to purchase 214-230 Sherbourne will be presented to the Executive Committee.  This will be another chance to advocate that the City proceed with expropriation.

Lobby the Councillors on the Executive Committee – please email and call them to advocate that they expropriate 214-230 Sherbourne for social housing:

The vacant property at 214-230 Sherbourne must be expropriated by the City for social rent geared to income housing.  The time to act is now!