Parkdale Rooming House Study Released!
In September 2016 PNLT commenced a seven-month study to determine the number and condition of rooming houses in Parkdale and to assess the impact of gentrification and real estate speculation on rooming house loss. The scale of what we have found—both the size and importance of this affordable housing stock and the rate at which it is disappearing—has alarmed the research team, non-profits, and City staff alike.
Our research found 198 rooming houses in Parkdale with an estimated 2,715 dwelling rooms — more than double the number of units owned by Toronto Community Housing within the study boundaries. We have also documented an escalating crisis of rooming house loss. The research confirmed that in the past 10 years, 28 rooming houses have been lost to conversion and upscaling, displacing an estimated 347 people. We believe 59 more, housing 818 people, are at imminent risk of being lost.
The continued loss of rooming houses in Parkdale will be catastrophic to the lives of hundreds of mostly low-income, vulnerable residents who depend on Parkdale’s social and community supports and are at risk of eviction, displacement, and homelessness. We call on the non-profit and public sectors to respond urgently to this crisis.
We propose a 10-year, coordinated, multi-partner Parkdale Rooming House Preservation Strategy to preserve, maintain, and develop this disappearing stock of affordable housing. As the Federal government is poised for a reinvestment in a 10-year national housing strategy, there is no room for unkept promises.
PNLT’s 2017 Annual General Meeting TODAY!
Saturday May 06, 2017 at 3pm-5pm
Download the full invitation
Bonar-Parkdale Presbyterian Church, 250 Dunn Ave.
Doors open at 2:30pm, Registration starts at 2:45pm. Event – 3pm-5pm
Food will be served. Childcare available. Tibetan interpretation available.
On May 06 2017 the Parkdale Neighbourhood Land Trust (PNLT) will host its second Annual Members
Meeting! At this event our members will elect 9 new members of the board of directors, the decision making body of this community controlled organization.
The AGM is an opportunity to participate in the decisions that the PNLT is making on your behalf. To vote at this meeting you must first become a member of PNLT by registering before April 29th. Membership is open to anyone who lives or works in Parkdale.