Magazine article Anglican Journal

Advocating for the Homeless

Magazine article Anglican Journal

Advocating for the Homeless

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"Thousands of Canadians wake up every day in a rundown apartment, a crowded hostel among strangers or even out in the cold," said Murray MacAdam, social justice and advocacy consultant for the diocese of Toronto, told the Anglian Journal as people across Canada prepared to observe National Housing Day on Nov. 22. "This tragic situation threatens to become even worse if the federal government does not provide the financial support needed for social housing subsidies. As people of faith inspired by a gospel vision of dignity for all, we need to raise our voices about this."

Prior to speaking at a public rally, Archbishop Colin Johnson, diocesan bishop of Toronto and metropolitan for the ecclesiastical province of Ontario, said that the lack of adequate and affordable housing is both a rights issue and a heath issue, noting that many people are working but still live below the poverty line. "If you are spending a huge amount of your income on rent, and then there's nothing or very little left over for food, you go to food banks. You are not well fed in food banks--you are not going to die, but [the food] is not nutritious. …

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