Downtown Concerned Citizens Organization

On a Tuesday afternoon I was taking my puppy out in the alleyway along the downtown Toronto corner of Richmond and Simcoe. I kneeled down to pick up after my dog, and was abruptly greeted with an unfamiliar face as I rose. The individual who approached me was undeniably homeless, and undeniably out of touch with his surroundings. He was completely exposed from the waist down, disoriented, and moving slowly closer towards me. I was overwhelmed with anxiety during this moment, and immediately ran off with my dog. As a young woman living in downtown Toronto this experience had residual effects, and has made me uncomfortable exploring my city alone. It is imperative that those who are homeless in Toronto are provided with adequate housing and mental health resources. This will safeguard people like me to explore and interact with our city without fear of external threats.

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