The Wellesley Institute supported South Riverdale Community Health Centre, the Toronto East Local Immigration Partnership (LIP) based out of WoodGreen Community Services, and the Massey Centre for Women to paint a portrait and deliver solid analysis of the social struggle and shortcomings in the area coined North of the Danforth (NODA), also known as Pape Village. The lead researcher and report writer is Denise Lamanna, from the South Riverdale Community Health Centre.
Revealed in the research were several pressing issues that the NODA community faces in providing basic care, safety, and public infrastructure to the people that live there. The neighbourhood carries many of the characteristics of the findings in the United Way’s Vertical Poverty report: too many high-rises in need of repair, and not enough healthcare and childcare services within reasonable distances. Residents long for parks and community programs, but remain stuck within apartment complexes.
Barriers to access of these essentials for a thriving community need to be addressed in our steps towards better health on a systems-level across the GTA.
See below for the Executive Summary of the report and the full report, along with flip-sheets on the topics explored:
Executive Summary: From Neighbourhood to Community
Flip sheets (4):