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At Issue: Affordable Housing

Recently opposition to a supportive housing development in East York hit Twitter; in Toronto, a carpenter was barred from making makeshift houses for unhoused people downtown.

East York residents are trying to save a parking lot that’s slated to be turned into an affordable housing development for the homeless.


— Kamil Karamali (@KamilKaramali) February 27, 2021

In Barrie, landowners nearby the proposed Vespra St. supportive housing development are concerned about the impact of the project on their neighbourhood. That’s why we spoke with Jennifer Van Gennip, a housing advocate long involved in the housing conversation in Barrie. It’s a conversation about the affordable housing crisis and policy decision which make affordable housing…not so affordable. It’s also about stigma and how she’s changed the way she approaches issues of housing. As we move into 2021, we’ll be planning ways to cover the housing crisis, as well as examining the worries surrounding supportive housing developments too.

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