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True North Field Report: Refugee claimants are waiting 6 months in shelter system to get eligibility to housing allowance

“They assist you with your rent for around four years.”

Individuals staying at a homeless shelter for refugee claimants told True North that asylum seekers have been intentionally staying in the Toronto homeless shelter system — many staying at hotels and motels — for over six months so that they can access a special rent allowance only offered to individuals who’ve been in the system half a year or longer.   

Read Graeme Gordon’s exclusive report: https://tnc.news/2019/03/12/gordon-refugee-claimants-are-waiting-six-months-in-toronto-shelter-system-to-get-eligibility-to-housing-allowance/

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