Take Action for Equitable Housing in Jane–Finch!

Are you experiencing rising rents, or concerned about new developments and housing affordability in Jane–Finch? Are you interested in learning from other resident groups and experts on how to improve housing conditions in the neighbourhood? Come to the Jane–Finch Housing Town Hall!

 

 

When: Saturday, April 27, 2019, 11:00AM - 3:00PM
Where:
Black Creek Community Health Centre
1 York Gate Blvd
2nd Floor, Yorkgate Mall

 

Lunch, snacks and childcare provided! Wheelchair accessible.

 

More info: janefinchhousingcoaltion@gmail.com / 416 828 0133

Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/275236626711972/

 

Schedule

11:00am–12:15pm

"Jane & Finch: Past, Present + Future"
Introduction to Jane–Finch Housing Coalition
What kinds of changes can we expect in Jane and Finch in the coming years? How might new developments impact housing equity?

12:30am–1:30pm

“Tools for Action”
How can we take action to make sure we keep housing affordable and develop more affordable housing, by using legal/policy tools like Section 37, Community Benefits, and Inclusionary Zoning?

Panelists:

  • Mercedes Sharpe-Zayas, Parkdale People’s Economy/Parkdale Activity–Recreation Centre
  • Scott Leon, Wellesley Institute
  • Magda Barrera, Advocacy Centre for Tenants Ontario (ACTO)

1:30pm–3:00pm

“Stories of Resistance”
Learn successful strategies from resident groups in other Toronto neighbourhoods who fought for their housing rights!

Panelists:

  • Grow Our Grassways (Jane and Finch), Shannon Holness
  • Weston–Mount Dennis resident, Johnny Dip
  • Flemingdon Park resident, Ester Abisai


About the Jane–Finch Housing Coalition

The Jane–Finch Housing Coalition (JFHC) is a new coalition of residents, organizations, and community organizers working towards housing justice and housing equity in the Jane–Finch area. JFHC’s focus is to bring awareness to ongoing and emerging housing issues, educate and empower community members to exercise their housing rights, and encourage engagement in urban/community planning processes and housing advocacy.

JFHC was formed in 2018 out of a need to respond to new development and gentrification in Jane–Finch, including the demolition and relocation of the Firgrove community, the construction of the Finch West Light Rail Transit, the onset of private condo development proposals, and the gradual rental increases in privately owned buildings.

The Jane–Finch Toronto Strong Neighbourhoods Strategy (TSNS) Task Force is one of the founding groups of the JFHC. The Task Force is committed to holding government officials accountable to improving the five domains, including housing, of the TSNS 2020 Report.

Drawing from local resident knowledge, organizing, and lived experiences, JFHC is exploring the potential for community benefits, developing strategies to resist housing displacement, and keeping housing affordable in the Jane–Finch area for low-income residents.

 

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