Eviction Prevention for Seniors Initiative – Ways to Participate

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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 […]

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Project Update

“There is no such thing as a single-issue struggle because we do not live single-issue lives.” – Audre Lorde In 2012, CERA worked with local partners in Hamilton, London, Ottawa, Sudbury, Thunder Bay, and Windsor to identify emerging priorities and experiences with housing discrimination. The following arose as key priorities: • Aging and related changing […]

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Helping Hoarders

Here at the Eviction Prevention desk we know the hardest cases involve hoarders.  But we didn’t know just how hard they can be.  Two recent cases have shown us the limits of our small organization when it comes to helping combat a very large problem. In both instances, the clients were long-term tenants of subsidized […]

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Trying to find environmentally safe housing

These are the experiences of one of our clients, Jane, who lives with environmental sensitivities and has been struggling to find safe housing. If you are one of the few Ontarians that doesn’t have Multiple Chemical Sensitivities (MCS) or doesn’t have a relative, a friend, a co-worker, who has MCS then please read on. If […]

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Searching for Barrier-Free Housing

Many of CERA’s clients have mobility impairments and other disabilities that make it very difficult to access and retain affordable, appropriate housing. Here’s an excellent description of one couple’s struggle to find barrier-free housing in Toronto: There are several landmark events in the life of a young couple. The first knowing glance across the table, the […]

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Smoking and the Human Rights Code

From a human rights perspective, smoking in apartment buildings can be very challenging. Ideally, the fact that a resident smokes in his/her unit should not have any bearing on the health and quality of life of another resident. But it does. Buildings and apartments leak, ventilation systems don’t work as well as they should, and […]

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In 2007, the City of Toronto approved the development of a 29 unit apartment building. This was an as-of-right proposal – no re-zoning was required. No public consultations should have been required. The project met all municipal planning requirements. The approval process should have been relatively simple, right? Nope. The problem, it seemed, was who […]

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Housing as a Medical Necessity

Housing and health are clearly linked. Nowhere is this connection more evident than for people with environmental sensitivities. People living with environmental sensitivities (sometimes called multiple chemical sensitivities or environmental illness) can be made severely ill by the presence of very low levels of pollutants in their homes. It could be the smell from an […]

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September 17, 2010

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