Sleep-Out at Glen Murray's Office: Stop the Cut to Community Start-Up!
Sleep-Out at Glen Murray's Office:
Stop the Cut to Community Start-Up
Thursday, December 13th
514 Parliament St (at Winchester)
6pm: Meal and Rally
7pm – 8am: SLEEP OUT
*Bring your sleeping bags and mats
*Prepare to sleep-out all night or come stop-by for as long as you can
*Breakfast and Coffee the next morning at 8am
The Provincial Liberal Government is set to cut the Community Start-Up and Maintenance Benefit (CSUMB) January 1st, 2013. The CSUMB is a housing benefit for people on social assistance (OW and ODSP). For thousands of people across the Province every month, it is literally the difference between being homeless on the streets or being able to get a place to live. The cut to this benefit will mean that many more people will be made homeless and a time in Toronto when so many shelter beds have been lost and the shelter system itself is in crisis. We must STOP THIS CUT!
Glen Murray is MPP for Toronto Centre which includes the 'Downtown East', one of the poorest neighborhoods in all of Canada with a high concentration of homelessness. Welfare and disability rates are already impossible to survive on as this government cuts away at more and more benefits and the rates of income keep falling. Today welfare rates are almost 60% below where they should be, meaning a measly $606/month for a single person. Murray is campaigning to take over running the Province from McGuinty. We challenge Murray that this is the despicable legacy he
is a part of and we demand he take action to stop the cut to Community Start-Up.
Winter cold is about to set-in and a growing number of people on the streets will be put at risk – sleeping in the cold will have devastating effects on people's health; too many homeless have frozen to death on these streets already. Emergency action is required. As this government prepares to cut a housing benefit that will make more people homeless, we will sleep in their doorways, camp-out in their hallways, create shelters out of their constituency offices. People have the right to housing, health and safety.
Join OCAP December 13th to SLEEP-OUT at Murray's office. STOP THE CUT TO COMMUNITY START-UP, RAISE the RATES, BUILD HOUSING NOW!
This event is part of a WEEK OF ACTION TO SAVE COMMUNITY START-UP happening across Ontario, December 7th - 14th, see here: http://ocap.ca/node/1031
To get involved contact:
Ontario Coalition Against Poverty
416-925-6939 / firstname.lastname@example.org