Stop the Cuts in the Downtown East!
Date: Wednesday, March 7th
Location: 349 George St.
The School House was first opened in the 1970s, it is a 55 (paid) bed
facility for men in the downtown east end of Toronto. It was one of
the first shelters in Canada to operate from a harm reduction
perspective. Schoolhouse is one of very few harm reduction focused
shelters in this city. Schoolhouse also has 55 beds, at a time when
most shelters are at capacity and when we face a deepening housing
crisis in this city. There are 79 000 housholds on the waiting list
for social housing in Toronto, a list that is estimated to be at least
a decade long. Most poor people are priced out of the private market
with the average bachelor apartment ranging around $777 a month while
the base amount for welfare is only $599.
Schoolhouse as a vital service in this neighborhood that needs to be defended!
To break the silence on this closure, and to demand that this shelter
remain open – we are calling for a rally to take place outside of
Schoolhouse (349 George Street) on Wednesday, March 7th at 5pm.
Rally to defend this vital service in our community!
This rally is organized by: The Downtown East Stop the Cuts Committee,
Ontario Coalition Against Poverty, Health Providers Against Poverty,
and the Harm Reduction Coalition