BLAC along with coalition warns legal action against City of Toronto for failure to support homeless people.

A coalition of public interest organizations have been spurred to action by the deplorable conditions in the City of Toronto’s shelters and respite centres, which represent an urgent threat to the life and safety of Toronto’s homeless population.

The result to date: 113 people with COVID-19 in 11 different shelter and respite sites. Sadly, we know those numbers will climb significantly for at least 5-14 days, and the lives of countless shelter users, staff, health workers, their families and the broader community have been endangered.

BLAC is especially concerned that the city’s failure to protect homeless people in its over-crowded shelter and respite system in the face of the present reality discriminates against Black and Indigenous people, as well as against people living with disabilities, all of whom are overrepresented in the shelter system.

To prevent further illness and deaths, BLAC has joined forces with a number of organizations to demand the city immediately create appropriate physical distancing, and informed city officials that if they do not do so, we will initiate legal action this week. Read our letter to the city here.

The coalition members are: Aboriginal Legal Services (ALS), Advocacy Centre for Tenants Ontario (ACTO), Black Legal Action Centre (BLAC), Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA), HIV & AIDS Legal Clinic Ontario (HALCO).


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