Does the City Value the Lives of Homeless Women?

OCAP Delegation Delivers Strong Message to City Hall:

August 25th, 2014

To Members of Council and City Staff,

We are here today to ask an important question and to deliver a message.

Do the lives of homeless women matter in the City of Toronto?

We ask this question as every day we face the reality of violence against women in our City. This violence is even more acute for women who don't have a place to live or a safe place to go especially at night.

In June, Council approved the recommendation from Community Development and Recreation Committee that the City move forward with the process for establishing two 24 hour drop-in centres for street-involved women. The community was hopeful in this decision, and for a brief time, we celebrated. But instead of seeing this process move forward this fall, we now face a delay until after elections and until 2015. This is despite the fact that Council and Committee gave direction to staff to move forward this year. To us in the community, this delay is unacceptable. We need safe space now.

Important Update on 24 Hour Drop In Spaces for Women in the City of Toronto

Important Update on 24 Hour Drop In Spaces for Women in the City of Toronto + Join us on the streets for Reclaim the Streets 2014

Demand Support from City Councillors on the upcoming Vote at Council June 10th!!

What you can do:

1) Contact your City Councillor:

· Demand that they support the vote around 24 hour women’s drop in spaces on June 10th at City

· Demand an immediate solution so that women can have access to safe space now

Find contact info for your City Councillor here:

2) Attend City Council on June 10th:

Tuesday, June 10th
Council Chamber, City Hall
Wear your ‘Stop Violence Against Women’ or ‘Violence No More’ T-shirt

Downtown East Women Reclaim the Streets 2014

Downtown East Women Reclaim the Streets

Rally and March to Stop Violence Against Women

Three upcoming walking tours in Downtown East Toronto with Gaetan Heroux

Three upcoming walking tours in Downtown East Toronto with Gaetan Heroux - celebrate your May Day weekend with some radical poor people's history

Cuts Cost Lives: OCAP Action at City Council 2014 Budget

CUTS COST LIVES: Housing Stabilization Fund (HSF) Must Be Saved!
*OCAP takes action at City Council Budget Debate

*See pictures here:

When: Wednesday, January 29th, 10am
Where: Toronto City Council

OCAP has come to the Council Chambers at Toronto City Hall to demand that plans to gut the Housing Stabilization Fund (HSF) in the 2014 budget be overturned. A cut of $4.3 million has been proposed.

The HSF, the City’s replacement to the Community Start-Up and Maintenance Benefit (CSUMB) that the Ontario Liberal Government eliminated, plays a vital role in our communities. Through it, people who are homeless, people who are coming out of institutions, or women leaving situations of domestic violence, are able to obtain
housing. By accessing this fund, people facing the loss of their housing are able to save themselves from being dumped on the streets. Individuals and families who have suffered fires and floods or who lack basic household items are able to access the HSF.