The Ontario Coalition for Poverty's John Clarke doesn't think mixed residential (combination of middle class market-rate dwellings combined with 'social housing' units) is a good idea. He says the poor become "persecuted minorities" in those areas.
He wants the City to expropriate properties slated for development that are not currently in use to turn them into public housing in Toronto's downtown east side.
Public Housing in Toronto is currently a disaster. What was intended to be a temporary solution for people while they improved their financial situation has become a shameful legacy that sees multi-generational poverty encouraged by bad public policy.
Public Housing neighborhoods like Jane/Finch, St. Jamestown, Regent Park, and Alexandra Park among others in Toronto are plagued with shootings, drug dealing and a culture where failure is accepted as the norm.
OCAP wants to mobilize its base of professional poverty pimps, the mentally ill and bribed street people to pressure the City into acceding to their demands, which could cost hundreds of millions plus outlandish ongoing maintenance expenses.