In this episode of Division Street, Sayyida interviews Justine McIsaac, Consumption and Treatment Services Coordinator of the Integrated Care Hub (ICH). Justine talks about the drug poisoning crisis and the critical work the ICH is doing in our community. Division Street is available on YourTV (Cogeco Cable) on Mondays at 8pm and various other times each week.
On February 7, our staff participated at the in person 2023 Pre-Budget Consultations in Kingston hosted by the Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs (SCFEA). You can read the presented remarks which focus on housing and climate policy here.
The first episode of Division Street highlights Kingston’s Sleeping Cabin Project: The challenges, the successes. Sayyida Jaffer interviews Chrystal Wilson, Executive Director of Our Livable Solutions, and Care Coordinator Mark Sousa about their personal experience with the project. This episode will air on YourTV for a two week period starting January 30 at 8pm.
What is causing homelessness in Kingston? Why are we facing a drug poisoning crisis? What does it mean to be food insecure? How are people responding to unaffordable rents? Division Street is a new YourTV series that probes these questions. But it does so in a different way.
Division Street’s examination of Kingston’s frayed social fabric premieres Monday January 30 at 8pm and continues to early April. It is co-hosted by local Journalist Jamie Swift and Sayyida Jaffer of the Providence Centre.
Do you believe housing is a human right? Would you like to work towards better housing conditions for all? Do you want to get involved with like-minded individuals? If you answered yes to the previous questions, register for the Housing For All Webinar here: https://housingforallwebinar.eventbrite.ca
Attendees will hear from local groups that are working on solutions and interventions for the local affordable housing crisis. In the first part of the webinar we will hear from several groups about their innovative projects related to policy advocacy, tenant organizing, unhoused solidarity, and alternative housing development. In the second part, you will have the opportunity to learn more about the projects and how to get involved. The webinar will end with a conversation on the potential for a housing coalition in Kingston.
Participating groups include: Just Recovery Kingston, Luke’s Place Kingston, Mutual Aid Katarokwi Kingston’s Unhoused Solidarity Group, Our Livable Solutions – Sleeping Cabins Project, PSAC 901 Affordable Housing Working Group, Social Planning Council’s Displacement Project, and the Support Not Stigma Campaign.
The Providence Centre has launched a weekly newsletter in Kingston that is all about housing called YGK Housing News. The newsletter includes events, analysis, reports and other news focused on helping us understand and take action on the affordable housing crisis in Kingston and beyond. To subscribe, email sayyida.jaffer (at) chco.ca and write “subscribe” in the subject of the email.