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John Clapp

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John Clapp reports on housing and homelessness for Toronto Storeys and Spacing Magazine and is a contributor to House Divided (Coach House Books, 2019). He wrote a memoir on homelessness in Toronto for Toronto Life in July. He was raised by an adoptive Mennonite family and left home at 16 years of age. At the age of 28, he attended the University of Toronto for four years studying Modern and Biblical Hebrew and related languages. John recently moved to Lindsay due to a lack of low income housing in Toronto.

From homelessness in Toronto to housing in Lindsay

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Journey of homelessness, poor mental health, leaves man regretting checkered life

Canada is in the grip of an affordable housing crisis. Large municipalities like Toronto are especially hard hit with primary vacancy rates as low as 1.1%. The average cost of a one bedroom apartment has nearly doubled from $1,400 a month in 2009 to $2,400 in 2019. Many working class Torontonians are paying 60% or more of their incomes on rent — and homelessness is becoming more common as a result.

Low income people like me are even more adversely affected by the affordable housing crisis than working class people are.

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