Project Update – Thank you to Maggie’s, South Riverdale Community Health Centre and Regent Park Community Health Centre for hosting CERA’s housing rights sessions for sex workers over the past six weeks. Special thank you to all the participants for sharing their housing experiences and learning about their legal rights as tenant.
Whenever possible, CERA uses creative models of legal education to engage with communities in meaningful ways. 100% of participants said the sessions gave them a better understanding of their rights in housing. 74% said the information they learned will significantly benefit their lives.
The collaborative sessions combined legal education about housing rights with mural making, led by community artist Catherine Moeller.
What we heard from participants about the mural making:
- “Great alternative way to express what I have learned.”
- “It brought people together and it helped express feeling through art.”
- “Provided a means of expression for those who are less verbal.”
- “Yes it allowed me and participants to illustrate what a city of inclusion means to them.”
You’ll be able to check out the murals on display the last week of March, location to be announced shortly!
Making Room, Creating Place: Announcing arts-based human rights legal education for sex workers.
This Wednesday, CERA will be joining Maggie’s Sex Workers Action Project for our first housing rights workshop for street-involved sex workers. During these workshops, participants will learn about their housing rights under law; learn skills to self-advocate; creatively engage with artistic message-making strategies.
We are excited to be working the wonderful folks at Maggie’s, South Riverdale Community Health Centre, and Regent Park Community Health Centre. And we’re excited to learn from participants about their experiences.
We know that sex workers face intersectional discrimination all the time, along with significant and distinct barriers to housing. In a survey of 34 sex workers, we heard that:
- 61% (of 24 responses) have faced discrimination from a landlord
- 34% face unaffordable rents
- 67% have ongoing issues with pests
- 56% have faced eviction
- 47% have been denied a unit because of their income source
- Most respondents said they feel landlords treat them differently for reasons related to their work.
In six sessions over the coming weeks we will be discussing these issues and thinking creatively about self-advocacy. Stay tuned for updates!
Thank you for support from:
Did you know that the number of homeless seniors in Toronto doubled between 2009 and 2013? And that at least 10% of the homeless population of Toronto are older adults?
CERA is working with seniors across the GTA to identify eviction prevention strategies that work for them. We need to hear from senior tenants and their service providers. Join the conversation!
Upcoming Round-Table Sessions & Ways to Participate:
For Senior and Older Adult Tenants:
Round Tables will include a free lunch for participants, and TTC tickets will be provided. Spaces is limited. Please RSVP to 416-944-0087 Ext 3. Please let us know of any accommodations or translation needs in advance.
Friday, December 2nd, 2016 from 1:00-3:00 pm at Bathurst & Finch Hub, 540 Finch Ave West
Tuesday, December 13th, 2016 from 9:30-11:30am at the Newmarket Seniors Meeting Place, Hall #1, 474 Davis Drive
For Service Providers & Workers:
Thursday, November 3rd, 2016 from 9:00am-11:30am at CSI Spadina, 215 Spadina Ave, 4th Floor. Light breakfast will be served.
Friday, December 2nd, 2016 from 9:30am-12:00pm at Bathurst & Finch Hub, 540 Finch Ave West. Light breakfast will be served.
Can’t attend a roundtable? We are also seeking feedback from service providers – please take five minutes to fill out our survey for service providers or stay tuned for opportunities to join the conversation online.
*Please RSVP to email@example.com or 416-944-0087 ext 3 or by Eventbrite.
*This page will be updated as additional sessions are scheduled
UPDATE! : : : Interest in this position has been overwhelming! At this time we are no longer accepting applications for the Youth Advisory Committee. Please stay in touch with CERA about future opportunities
If you are under 30 and have ever faced discrimination in housing or homelessness, we want your input. This is a paid opportunity for you to connect with other young people and help CERA improve its services. More details on the flyer above.
We are accepting applications for 10 positions.
**DEADLINE TO APPLY: Email your responses to these questions to Katie@equalityrights.org by June 17th, 2016.
Or call Katie if you have any questions at 416-944-0087 Ext 3.
We are grateful for financial support provided by a grant from the Peter and Elizabeth Morgan Fund and the Vital Toronto Fund at the Toronto Foundation.
Read CERA’s open letter to the Canadian government following the release of the UN’s report on Canada on March 7th, 2016.
How well is Canada doing as a signatory to the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights? According to CERA’s ED Renee Griffin, we can and must do better.
Contact your local MP and tell them that you want to see resources to implement the UN’s recommendations on the right to housing included in the upcoming budget on March 22nd! Find your MP’s contact information here.
For more about the UN’s report on Canada, check out these news stories:
The UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights is reviewing Canada’s record on economic, social and cultural rights today!
We’re excited that the Canadian NGO delegation – including the Right to Housing Coalition! – made their oral submissions this morning in Geneva. See CERA’s submission here.
RECENTLY RELEASED: Unlocking the AODA – Landlords’ Obligations Under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act.
These resources are designed to assist small-to-medium-sized landlords in implementing the requirements of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005. These resources were produced by CERA with support from the Government of Ontario.
The Supreme Court of Canada has refused to hear our Right to Housing appeal. After five years of courageous work by the applicants and our lawyers, this decision ensures that the Canadian courts will not hear our Charter challenge to hold the Canadian and Ontarian governments responsible for the crisis in affordable housing and homelessness.
The courts have said that this issue is political rather than legal in nature. If that’s the case, it’s time for the government to step up and develop a National Housing Strategy that properly addresses homelessness and inadequate housing, and protects the most vulnerable members of our community.
Homeless and precariously housed Canadians can’t afford to wait any longer!