@qjusttheletter Audio transcription: My name is Khaleel Seivwright and this is a statement that I’ve prepared. The city of Toronto has a housing crisis. This pandemic has made it worse. The shelter system has left many people with no options. With winter approaching, I knew that without 1/8
@qjusttheletter shelter, people would die, as they do in Toronto every year. I started building tiny shelters so that some of the most vulnerable would have somewhere warm to go. The shelters I built are a small part of a temporary solution to keep people alive until they can access 2/8
@qjusttheletter alternative housing. Each shelter includes a small carbon monoxide detector and a fire extinguisher. I gave the tiny shelters to the community to decide how best to use them and who needs them most. Encampment residents tell me how important the tiny shelters have been. 3/8
@qjusttheletter For their safety, for their privacy and dignity. I hope there will be a day when the tiny shelters are no longer needed, but that day has not yet come. Instead of working with me, the city sued to stop me from building and relocating the tiny shelters. This is only a 4/8
@qjusttheletter distraction. The problem is not the tiny shelters, the problem is that Toronto’s most vulnerable people are falling through the cracks. Toronto shelters are too often at capacity. People tell me they have nowhere to go. The money the city is spending to attack me right now 5/8
@qjusttheletter could be put into safe housing for those that need it. This pandemic has been a nightmare, particularly for those who don’t have a home. For those who relied on a 24-hour Tim Horton’s or McDonald’s to get out of the cold. For those who fall into the shelter system again and 6/8
@qjusttheletter again and can’t find a safe place to sleep. People who rely on the shelter system no longer trust it. The city’s reputation is terrible when it comes to providing safe and available shelters. We need to work together to support our vulnerable residents. The city of Toronto 7/8
@qjusttheletter should drop its application against me and focus its resources and efforts on what matters- getting people safe. 8/8

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