PROJECT UPDATE! Facilitating Local Responses to Housing Discrimination
After many hours of writing and lots of conversations with our wonderful partners across the province, we’re excited to share over twenty new housing rights resources and self-advocacy tools for tenants that we’ve been working on over the past several months. Here they are!
At CERA, we believe that knowing your rights is the first step to making them a reality. These new tools are designed to offer tenants and housing sector professionals key information and strategies to enable Ontarians to realize your human rights in rental housing. Translated versions are coming soon!
Know Your Rights Guide & Tip Sheets
This easy to use Guide has been designed to address common questions and walk tenants through practical examples of ways you can self-advocate: Tenant Toolkit – Human Rights & Rental Housing in Ontario
We will soon be adding customized Tip Sheets for: Newcomers in Hamilton, women who have experienced domestic violence in Toronto, Aging and Senior Tenants in London, Tenants facing discrimination in Windsor , Indigenous Tenants in Ottawa, Indigenous Youth in Thunder Bay, and Tenants with Mental Health Issues in Sudbury.
Want to self-advocate with a landlord about a time you were treated unfairly under the Human Rights Code? You can use these postcards to educate landlords and your friends and family about housing rights in Ontario.
Myth: Landlords can dictate how many bedrooms a family needs
Myth: Landlords can refuse to rent to someone who does not have references or a credit rating
Myth: Aging tenants need to move out to find a more accessible unit that meets their changing needs
Myth: Landlords can evict tenants that they think are “too old” to live independently
Myth: Landlords just need to collect the rent and do repairs, nothing else
Myth: Landlords can discriminate against indigenous housing seekers
Myth: A landlord can refuse to rent to someone because they have a mental illness
Myth: tenants with worsening disabilities need to move out to find a place that meets their needs
Myth: Landlords can refuse to rent to someone because they are “too young”
Myth: If someone doesn’t have landlord references or a credit rating, landlords can refuse them
Myth: landlords don’t have to rent to people who receive social assistance
Myth: landlords can refuse you if you don’t make 3x the rent
Myth: landlords can refuse to rent to families with children
If you or your organization would like hard copies of any of the above resources, please contact us at renee(at)equalityrights.org
Next Steps! CERA will be re-visiting our partners across the province to work with local Housing Rights Ambassadors on spreading the word about human rights in housing in April and May 2016. Stay tuned! If you would like to join one of our upcoming workshops, contact Renee at renee(at)equalityrights.org.
Thanks again to our partners for their feedback and guidance:
Age Friendly London Network, CMHA Sudbury Manitoulin, Housing Help Hamilton, Kinna-aweya Legal Clinic, Odawa Native Friendship Centre’s Drop In, Voices Against Poverty and numerous shelters, drop-ins and community organizations in Toronto.
Special thank you to our funder for this project: