Declare homelessness a ‘state of emergency,’ say housing advocates

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The danger cold weather poses to scores of homeless people across the city has prompted housing advocates to urge housing to be declared a ‘state of emergency’.

City councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam along with a group of housing advocates believes housing is a human right and lack of affordability has deadly consequences.

Four homeless people have died this year in Toronto, including a woman who was run over by a garbage truck while she was sleeping on a grate that was providing heat.

According to Wong-Tam, Toronto Public Health recorded 145 deaths of individuals experiencing homelessness, from January 2017 to June 2018.

The problem is that there are many homeless people with addiction issues and mental health problems. Homelessness is a symptom of the bigger problems that need to be addressed if there has to be a long-term solution.

The number of homeless people on the streets of Toronto is increasing and there will be more deaths and trips to emergency rooms that will be even more expensive for the government than it would be if they were to address the issue of homelessness and the other issues plaguing homeless people. -CINEWS

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