A celebration of the life of Bonnie Briggs, founder of the Homeless Memorial, will take place on Sunday, September 10 at 2 pm, here at the Church of the Holy Trinity. All are welcome. Bonnie was a tireless advocate for the homeless and under-housed population of our city. Bonnie’s leadership was crucial in this on-going issue, which was coloured by her experience as someone who had lived with homelessness.
For more on Bonnie’s legacy, please see this article from the Toronto Star: https://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2017/08/08/toronto-activist-bonnie-briggs-remembered-as-advocate-for-housing-creator-of-homeless-memorial.html
Join us next week for the first 2017 memorial. We will gather outside for 20 to 30 minutes and then enjoy a light lunch together inside.
There maybe an opportunity to create quilt squares.
This event and the actual recording of names takes on even more importance in the face of new approaches to counting people without homes.
Read The Globe and Mail article
National Housing Day of Action
Food, water and shelter are some of the most fundamental human rights, yet Canada is facing an affordable housing and homelessness crisis. Everything begins with housing – without it, no one can truly live life with dignity.
On Friday November 18th, take the people’s pledge and join our National Housing Day of Action – take to the streets and march for the right to housing!
Gather at Queen’s Park at Noon and end the march at the Homeless Memorial outside Church of the Holy Trinity. Details of the march here.
We encourage you to bring noise makers – pots, pants, cans, shakers, drums, etc. and join the drummers as we march!
The Canadian government has promised to fix the affordable housing crisis with Canada’s first ever National Housing Strategy. On November 22nd, they will announce what they have heard people across Canada say is needed in a National Housing Strategy. We are calling for the government to ensure our National Housing Strategy will guarantee everyone the right to safe, adequate, and affordable housing.
We are here, loud and clear. Our message to the government is simple:
“This is Canada’s moment to make history. The federal and provincial governments have made the commitment to provide adequate housing to all. We, the people, are here to make a pledge that we will hold the government accountable to their promise.
- No one shall ever feel a loss of their dignity because they don’t have a home.
- No one shall ever have to choose between adequate food and housing.
- No one shall ever have to live on our streets and sidewalks, or worry they may end up there.
- No one shall ever have to pass on life’s opportunities because they don’t have a place to call home.
This is our pledge to everyone in Canada. Join our movement. Make your voice heard. Together let’s make a commitment that we will hold the government accountable.”
We meet monthly to remember all 833 people whose names are recorded here and the countless others who have been forgotten by some.
The June memorial marked the adding the 831 name to the Homeless Memorial which is not a milestone to be proud of, but one that was marked none-the-less. The Toronto Star wrote an article on this event that quietly took place outside the church on the second Tuesday of July.
We spoke out against police violence that led to “John Doe’s” death, observed our moment of silence for him and all those who have died. We heard Bonnie’s poem and shared announcements of actions we could take to change the system so that no more deaths will occur.
Make your voice heard on a new national housing strategy by visiting the Federal Government input page Let’s Talk Housing.