AHCP Seminar Series: Critical Perspectives on Homelessness and COVID-19

Affordable Housing Challenge Project is an initiative of the University of Toronto School of Cities. The AHCP collective brings together scholars from across the University of Toronto, who are researching issues related to housing affordability from different disciplinary perspectives, with the objective of working together to research, discuss and debate the causes, processes, policies and consequences of declining housing affordability.

Tuesday, August 11, 2020, 7:00-8:30pm
Via Zoom

Event Description:

Join us for a free webinar on the evening of August 11th. With our panelists we will be engaging in a critical discussion looking at the Covid-19 pandemic and Toronto’s worsening homelessness crisis.


  • Dawnmarie Harriott – Voices From the Street
  • Joe Hermer – Professor of Sociology, U of T
  • Emily Paradis – Housing Activist, Advocate and Researcher
  • Moderated by Natasha Cheong, PhD Candidate, Department of Geography and Planning

Instructions for Attending the Webinar (via Zoom):

Password and details to access the seminar will be emailed out ahead of the event. Note, you must register for this event on Eventbrite here to receive your access password.

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Update: Event report back

On August 11, the Affordable Housing Challenge Project held our first online seminar since the arrival of the pandemic, Critical Perspectives on Homelessness and COVID-19. We were joined by guests Dawnmarie Harriott (coordinator of Voices from the Street at Working for Change) and Emily Paradis (affordable housing advocate, activist and instructor with the University of Toronto’s Urban Studies Program) for a critical discussion around the mounting crisis of homelessness in Toronto, and the impacts of COVID-19 on our city’s unhoused residents. We discussed the difficulties increasingly faced by people on the ground, complex challenges that lie ahead, and how they might best be addressed with long-term solutions by allies and policy-makers.

Update: Event recording available now