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New Numbers Tell It All: Lack of housing is killing Torontonians

The new official numbers of homeless deaths from the City of Toronto released in late May were sad confirmation for those who have been gathering every month for almost two decades at Holy Trinity’s Homeless Memorial.
Toronto Public Health has reported that 27 people who were homeless died from January to March of 2017 – that’s a rate of more than two per week. If this pace continues, then more than 100 homeless deaths will be recorded this year – a record for Toronto.
People have been gathering around a plain gray memorial at the south side of Holy Trinity on the second Tuesday of every month at 12 noon. They remember, by name, the women, men and children who died from homelessness over the previous month. Continue reading New Numbers Tell It All: Lack of housing is killing Torontonians

Summer positions at Holy Trinity

This summer, Church of the Holy Trinity is looking to hire two students for summer positions at our church.

A Community Worker and a Concert Co-ordinator and Vistor Guide.

Please find detailed postings attached here. Application deadline is Friday, May 26. Send cover letter and resume to ht@holytrinitytoronto.org.

Homeless Memorial January 10 noon

Join us next week for the first 2017 memorial. We will gather outside for 20 to 30 minutes and then enjoy a light lunch together inside.

There maybe an opportunity to create quilt squares.

This event and the actual recording of names takes on even more importance in the face of new approaches to counting people without homes.

Read The Globe and Mail article

Go to our main memorial page

National Housing Day of Action Fri, Nov 18

right to housingNational Housing Day of Action

Food, water and shelter are some of the most fundamental human rights, yet Canada is facing an affordable housing and homelessness crisis. Everything begins with housing – without it, no one can truly live life with dignity.

On Friday November 18th, take the people’s pledge and join our National Housing Day of Action – take to the streets and march for the right to housing!

Gather at Queen’s Park at Noon and end the march at the Homeless Memorial outside Church of the Holy Trinity.  Details of the march here.

We encourage you to bring noise makers – pots, pants, cans, shakers, drums, etc. and join the drummers as we march!

To endorse the march as a group or organization, please contact: righttohousingcoalition@gmail.com
(Endorsers will be listed at http://www.acto.ca/peoplespledge)

The Canadian government has promised to fix the affordable housing crisis with Canada’s first ever National Housing Strategy. On November 22nd, they will announce what they have heard people across Canada say is needed in a National Housing Strategy. We are calling for the government to ensure our National Housing Strategy will guarantee everyone the right to safe, adequate, and affordable housing.

We are here, loud and clear. Our message to the government is simple:

“This is Canada’s moment to make history. The federal and provincial governments have made the commitment to provide adequate housing to all. We, the people, are here to make a pledge that we will hold the government accountable to their promise.

  • No one shall ever feel a loss of their dignity because they don’t have a home.
  • No one shall ever have to choose between adequate food and housing.
  • No one shall ever have to live on our streets and sidewalks, or worry they may end up there.
  • No one shall ever have to pass on life’s opportunities because they don’t have a place to call home.

This is our pledge to everyone in Canada. Join our movement. Make your voice heard. Together let’s make a commitment that we will hold the government accountable.”

Homeless Memorial noon Tuesday, July 12

Homelessness is a year round condition for many of our city’s residents. Come and remember those who have died and talk about how we are working for change.

On Tuesday, July 12 we added a John Doe who died on June 17. A man who is reported as being homeless by the Toronto Sun was shot and killed by the Toronto Police after being tasered at around 9am, June 17. Here are 2 articles about the incident. No names have been released.
https://www.thestar.com/news/crime/2016/06/17/man-dead-in-firearms-investigation-involving-toronto-police.html

http://www.torontosun.com/2016/06/17/siu-investigating-after-man-shot-dead

Visit the Toronto Homeless Memorial page and see the full list of people we remember every month.

Make your voice heard on a new national housing strategy by visiting the Federal Government input page Let’s Talk Housing.

Canada’s record on housing criticized by UN committee

A group of community leaders and housing activists presented the latest UN report on Canada’s failure to address urgent housing needs at the finance minister’s constituency office yesterday.

“For some time, Canada’s international reputation has been in serious decline and we’ve really gone from being a beacon of human rights globally to a country whose reputation is very much in question,” said University of Toronto senior researcher Emily Paradis, who presented Canada’s record on housing to the UN committee in 2006. “I would certainly hope that this review offers an opportunity for Canada to redeem itself if our new government is serious about its international human rights obligations.”

Tomorrow! – Stone and Glass: We are all transient

March 09 (6:30 PM – 9:30 PM)
Church of the Holy Trinity, 19 Trinity Square, Toronto

By: Church of the Holy Trinity, Toronto Homeless Memorial Network & Rebecca Houston

At the humble site of the Toronto Homeless Memorial, an installation of light and sound will animate the charged intersections of wealth and poverty, the sacred and the worldly, the present and the past at of the historic Church of the Holy Trinity; a home for social justice in the commercial centre of downtown Toronto.

EXHIBITION LAUNCH:
MARCH 9, 2016
6:30PM – 9:30PM

https://www.facebook.com/events/824579797653759/

Read more at Myseum Toronto

EXHIBITION:
MARCH 9 – 31, 2016

CHURCH HOURS:
MONDAY – FRIDAY: 11:00AM – 3:00PM
SUNDAY: 8:00AM – 3:00PM

From Ideas to Action: Advancing a robust housing agenda – Wednesday January 27

Multifaith Alliance to End Homelessness (longtime partner of Holy Trinity) hosts

From Ideas to Action:
Advancing a robust housing agenda

Wednesday, January 27, 2016
9:00 am – 3:30 pm
Members Lounge, Toronto City Hall (Queen & Bay Streets)

There is renewed optimism among advocates that policies to facilitate the elimination of homelessness are closer than ever with a federal government committed to a national housing plan, a provincial government looking to find ways to provide for more affordable housing and renewed City of Toronto commitment to eliminating poverty.

Now is the time to harness this enthusiasm to help bring about change.

From Ideas to Action – Advancing a robust housing agenda is being organized by MultiFaith Alliance to End Homelessness  which represents people from many faith communities and is a clear, creative and challenging public voice on housing and homelessness issues. The conference will bring together people from many faith communities, housing advocates and policy experts for an interactive discussion on ending homelessness.

In addition to presentations from prominent experts in housing and homelessness, media, and government, the conference will include breakout sessions for participants to discuss advocacy and communication strategies and sharing best practices. There will also be opportunities for socializing and networking. A light lunch will be served.

Conference seats are limited. Please RSVP your attendance

National Housing Day – November 22

right to housingChurch of the Holy Trinity is pleased to host The People’s Assembly from 12:30 to 3:30 on November 20th.

National Housing Day has been marked in Canada since 1998 when the Federation of Canadian Municipalities followed in the footsteps of our own Toronto Disaster Relief Committee in declaring homelessness at national disaster. A brief history with details and links is available here.

The are asking people to register ahead of time.

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Toronto Homeless Memorial – Tuesday, August 11 noon

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Next week and every second Tuesday year round (September 8,  October 13, November 10, December 8, 2015) people gather at noon outside the south doors of The Church of the Holy Trinity beside the Eaton Centre to remember all who have died on the streets of Toronto. The memorial is followed by a light lunch for all.

The Toronto Disaster Relief Committee and The Church of the Holy Trinity put together a Homeless Memorial outside the church in 2000. The photo above is of Bonnie Briggs, founder of the current memorial.  Names have been collected since 1985 and on February 12th, 2013 the 700th name was added. Current list is here:

Homeless-Memorial-OFFICIAL-LIST.July 2015

The Mission Statement of the Toronto Homeless Memorial is: “We remember all those homeless people who have lived in the streets of Toronto, and died as a direct result of homelessness.”

Several stories have been written about the memorial and those who are remembered here:

  • Carol Goar remembers Stewart Poirier who was the 700th name added in 2013.
  • John Bonar of Rabble.ca has a collection of audio,  video,  and print stories of the memorial. This is a selection of links, but more exist, if you visit their website; January 2015, October 2014 – videos part 1 and part 2, September 2014 – six names added, September 2010 – five names added,

 

 

 

 

 

You can access the church through the mall, from Dundas or Bay streets.