Repeal the Safe Streets Act

Dr. Stephen Gaetz and Mary Birdsell speak on the repeal of the Ontario Safe Streets Act.

Yesterday marked the 15th anniversary of the Safe Streets Act, a law that has had a negative impact on the safety and wellbeing of people who are homeless or street-involved. Because homeless people have to do things in public spaces that housed individuals do not (e.g., sleeping, eating and drinking, making money), the SSA has disproportionately impacted homeless individuals, contributing to the criminalization of homelessness and poverty. This in no way supports an end to homelessness. Learn more about what you can do to #RepealSSA http://www.homelesshub.ca/RepealSSA 

Homes First is proud to be a member of the Coalition for the Repeal of Ontario’s Safe Streets Act. We joined the press conference today orgranized by Michael Bryant and sponsored by MPP Mike Colle, joined by Mary Birdsell, Executive Director of Justice for Children and Youth and Dr. Stephen Gaetz, Director of the Canadian Observatory on Homelessness, York University.

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