I already knew that Willowdale residents tend to be kind and compassionate. But I felt even better about the community I represent after receiving a large number of immediately positive responses to news of a supportive housing project providing a permanent place to live for 64 people who would otherwise be homeless.
“Proud to have a homeless solution in my back yard,” one wrote back Friday evening, immediately after reading the news in last week’s newsletter.
“It makes me so happy for those who will move into a new home, no matter how small,” wrote another.
Not a single negative comment from the 5000 households who receive this newsletter. Many not only voiced support but wanted to know how they could help.
I’m not so naïve to think there won’t be some who don’t like the idea, and some of those opinions landed in my inbox after city notices arrived in mailboxes this week. Understandably, many people have questions that deserve an answer.
The most common misconception is that this would be a homeless shelter, rather than permanent housing, with built in supports.
For those who have questions, want to learn more, or want to know how they can help, an information meeting is scheduled for 7 pm March 9 at 7 p.m.
Those wishing to attend, you can do so by visiting the City Virtual Events webpage: https://www.toronto.ca/community-people/get-involved/public-consultations/participate-in-virtual-engagement-events/
Information to participate online or by phone will be available at the Modular Housing website at http://www.toronto.ca/modularhousing
In the meantime, here’s a link to a newspaper article by Dave Nickle.