Street nurse Cathy Crowe called on Torontonians to let their local councillor know it’s “not OK to threaten and police” people living in encampments.

Crowe, who along with several other supporters recently filed a complaint with Toronto’s Ombudsman about the lack of shelter beds available through the city’s Central Intake system, said people wanting to help should donate tents, tarps, and sleeping bags to organizations that serve people experiencing homelessness, especially those operating in the downtown core.

Rafi Aaron of the Interfaith Coalition to Fight Homelessness took a bigger picture approach.

“What you are looking at is a shelter and housing disaster,” said Aaron, who is also the co-chair of the Beth Sholom/Beth Tzedec Out of the Cold program.

“This has nothing to do with COVID-19 and everything to do with the failed housing policies of Mayor Tory.”