This weekend is Doors Open Toronto, an event that offers the public free access to the city's historically, culturally and socially significant buildings. But Raising the Roof is also opening the doors of a new, temporary building today and tomorrow, May 25th and 26th: it's made of cardboard, it's called The Street House, and it's designed to raise awareness of the realities of homelessness.
The Street House, which is located in an alleyway between 367 and 369 King Street West, is made entirely of cardboard. From the outside, it looks like a traditional home, but the rooms inside symbolize the places where Canada's estimated 200,000 homeless people seek shelter every day. The rooms also feature images, stories, facts and statistics about the realities of homelessness in this country.
If you're in the area, you can drop by and take a free tour. But if you can't make it, check out the images of the house under construction, and completed, below. You can also visit the Raising the Roof website, or read their report, 'Youth Homelessness in Canada: The Road to Solutions'. The Canadian government is also working on a strategy to mitigate homelessness: visit the Homelessness Partnering Strategy website for more information.
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