Posted September 5, 2018
Over 700 residents have been forced out of their homes at 650 Parliament St. in Toronto, due to a fire which started in the electrical room of the building. It has been over a week, and many tenants have been left with nowhere to sleep. Seniors, children, and even pregnant women have been forced into temporary shelters in community centres and have been given no answers from the building owner, property manager or Mayor John Tory about where they will be living over the next few months.
Over 80 tenants and ACORN members marched from their vacant building to the property management office to present their demands to be immediately housed in safe and stable hotels or apartments, as well as allowances for the increased food and transit costs they are incurring due to the fire and lack of action to house them. The property manager from G&S Group of Companies immediately barred the doors and had security keep tenants from presenting their letter.
However, the property manager, Doug Sartell, gathered his courage to hold a closed door press conference later on, telling tenants they'd be lucky to be home by Thanksgiving!
ACORN will be continuing to escalate this campaign through a series of actions until our demands are met and our voices heard. Hundreds of children are returning to school without a home to do homework in and Mayor Tory is telling people that the displaced tenants' best hope is a stranger's home. This is not good enough!
Check out the awesome press below, and stay tuned.
CBC News: Forced to check out of hotels, displaced Parliament Street tenants demand action from landlord
CTV News: Some residents displaced by Parliament Street fire may be home for Thanksgiving: property management
Toronto Star: City says it learned from 2010 apartment fire, but displaced Parliament St. residents still frustrated
Global News: Displaced residents of 650 Parliament St. protest lack of landlord help 10 days after fire