Last week was the 15th anniversary of the Tent City eviction from Toronto’s waterfront. The shelter conditions at Tent City were very poor, and the residents decided to create their own housing. John Van Nostrand worked with the Toronto Disaster Relief Committee and some of the Tent City residents to build the Pro-Home house that he designed, which included a composting toilet and shower. By the end of the four years, Tent City comprised approximately 140 people and their pet dogs and cats, and over 50 houses. Over 100 formerly homeless Tent City residents won housing soon after their eviction in the form of a pilot rent supplement program.
Many of the Tent City residents were activists who fought for housing for themselves but also for a national housing program.
The article entitled “Celebrating 15-year-anniversary of the Tent City win for housing” can be read here.