Toronto seeks injunction to cease man from constructing tiny shelters for the homeless

TORONTO — The Metropolis of Toronto is asking a courtroom to order a neighborhood man to cease constructing small wood shelters for the homeless.

The town filed an injunction software on Feb. 12 in opposition to Khaleel Seivwright, a carpenter who has been constructing small constructions for these dwelling outdoors.

The town needs an order that completely stops Seivwright from inserting or relocating constructions on city-owned land.

It cites bylaws that prohibit tenting and dwelling in city-owned parks.

Seivwright didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark.

He has been constructing the shelters for the reason that fall and has raised greater than $200,000 on GoFundMe for supplies.

Homeless encampments have popped up all through the town as tons of fled shelters final 12 months for worry of contracting COVID-19.

Seivwright’s insulated, wood “tiny shelters” are in quite a few parks across the metropolis.

“I am makin this submit to allow you to all know that we have now stopped constructing Tiny Shelters however will proceed to do upkeep and relocating of shelters as individuals staying outdoors get into housing,” Seivwright mentioned on his GoFundMe web page on Feb. 11.

The town mentioned in a press release that the constructions usually are not secure.

It pointed to a wood construction fireplace this week at an downtown encampment that claimed the lifetime of a person as proof of the hazards.

It is not clear who constructed the construction concerned within the fireplace. The reason for the blaze stays beneath investigation.

These dwelling in encampments have mentioned they’ve nowhere to go along with shelters at or close to capability and issues concerning the novel coronavirus.

A COVID-19 variant has made its approach inside one of many metropolis’s shelters and there are at present outbreaks in seven shelters.

The town has carried out a large relocation effort to scale back the inhabitants at its shelters, that are principally congregate settings, by transferring people into inns and residences and everlasting housing.

The homeless have mentioned that isn’t an answer for everybody as most of the inns are removed from companies they use, that are largely clustered downtown.

This report by The Canadian Press was first revealed Feb. 19, 2021.