Unhoused Neighbour Support

During COVID-19, the housing crisis became more visible for a lot of folks around the city of Toronto, with an increased number of unhoused neighbours living in parks around the city for various reasons.

In an effort to work with community members who may not have access to housing and essential supplies such as food, safety materials, and water – Building Roots reached out to the Encampment Support Network (ESN) and our unhoused neighbours to identify how we could help.

In an effort to support, we worked alongside ESN and other partners to contribute, namely through food, the provision of other essential supplies, advocacy, fundraising and coordination efforts.

To date, we have supported folks in the encampment by sharing ESN’s advocacy work with our network, and reaffirming the importance of affordable, permanent housing, and rent geared toward income. 

We believe folks should be able to reside in Toronto Parks, safely, with their community and social networks, until other options become available. We have contributed over 150 sleeping  bags, 100 emergency blankets, 50 tents, 600+ nourishing meals, and other non-perishable foods.

In 2022, we work alongside ESN Moss Park to ensure our unhoused neighbours have continued access to non-perishable foods where they reside.

We have worked alongside 12+ volunteers, and partners such as Encampment Support Network, Sanctuary, Overdose Prevent Site, Animal Liberation Kitchen, Tiffinday, Project Food Chain, Harvey Kalles, and more.

 ESN has been unwavering in their commitment to outreach, support, and raising awareness for folks living in encampments in the city. 

Are you interested in keeping up-to-date on the work of ESN?

Recently, they have dissolved into smaller chapters so that the team may focus more of their grassroots organizing on the needs of the individual encampments.

You can follow them on social media for on-the-ground updates from our unhoused neighbours on both Twitter & Instagram at: @ESNParkdale & @ESN_Scadding.

We’d also like to thank OPS, ALK, Tiffinday, Project Food Chain, and Harvey Kalles for their contributions. Without them, we wouldn’t have been able to to directly support our unhoused neighbours when urgency was required.

Click the button below to head over to our volunteer application form if you would like to support Building Roots and it’s partners in the mission to support our unhoused neighbours. 


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