Encampment Support Network

is creating community, support & advocacy for our neighbours in encampments

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PWYC Tier

$3.75
per month
  • Weekly donor newsletter

First Tier

$25
per month
Help us buy:
  • one case of Gatorade OR 
  • one sleeping bag OR 
  • two boxes of granola bars 
per month.
  • Weekly donor newsletter

Second Tier

$50
per month
Help us buy:
  • one sleeping mat OR 
  • two tarps OR 
  • four packs of socks 
per month.
  • Weekly donor newsletter

926

patrons

$20,592

per month

About Encampment Support Network

The Encampment Support Network is an ad-hoc, volunteer-run network of neighbours building community and supporting people living in encampments in 6 locations throughout Toronto. This includes ESN Parkdale, ESN Trinity Bellwoods, ESN Scadding Court, ESN Moss Park, ESN LNP and ESN Cherry Beach. Every day since the beginning of June 2020, outreach volunteers from our network visit encampments to deliver basic supplies, such as water and tents, ice, sleeping bags, fire safety equipment, and snacks, which the City of Toronto has consistently refused to provide (despite recommendations from Ontario's Chief Coroner to do so). We believe all people deserve care, support, and access to water, food, fire safety and sanitation.  




We report on city conditions and activity in encampments via our newsletter, and advocate for long term permanent housing for people in their communities of choice. ESN also collects and compiles feedback from residents to support our advocacy efforts and continue pressuring the city to develop real solutions to the housing crisis. We believe that the only way to provide effective support and find solutions is by listening to and centring the needs of people experiencing homelessness. 



We also recently launched a podcast, We Are Not The Virus, to help raise awareness and understanding about life in the encampments and some of the many issues causing and exacerbating homelessness in the city. Check it out on Spotify or Apple Podcasts

We rely entirely on donations and community ingenuity to do this work. To be honest, the reason why we never started a Patreon before is that we were hoping that by September 2020 we would no longer be needed, that the government would have prioritized housing the 1500 people living in encampments across the city, and that it would take these unprecedented times to make unprecedented moves to house people. It hasn't, and the need is endless. Your support will allow us to continue delivering water, gatorade, tents, sleeping bags, socks, underwear, snacks and other essentials. 



We strongly encourage you to contact your city councillor and mayor John Tory to make them aware that you are providing for people the city should be supporting.

For more information follow us on instagram @esn.to.4real and twitter @esn_to
To arrange a one-time donation or for other inquiries get in touch at [email protected]




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