Highrise hell for low-income families in Toronto

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TRT's Rubena Naeem Speaks with U of T researcher Emily Paradis - Courtesy Toronto Star
TRT’s Rubena Naeem Speaks with U of T researcher Emily Paradis – Courtesy Toronto Star

Overcrowding, elevator breakdowns, broken door locks, persistent pests, peeling paint and the ever-present worry about paying the rent.

That is the growing reality for families with children living in Toronto’s aging highrise apartment towers that dominate the city’s low-income neighbourhoods, according to a University of Toronto study being released Wednesday.

It is the first attempt to define and measure inadequate housing, hidden homelessness and the risk of homelessness among families in these communities, where about half of the city’s tenants live.

Preliminary findings from the research, released last fall, showed that as many as nine in 10 of these families are at risk of homelessness.

The full study paints a broader picture of the housing crisis facing these low-income families by delving into their immigration status, income, education, health and social networks.
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