Evergreen City Works


A selection of images shot in 2015 for The Many Faces of Housing photography project commissioned by Evergreen City Works part of the GTA Housing Action Lab for an exhibit at Metro Hall to bring attention to issues and solutions surrounding housing demands in Toronto. 


According to data over the last decade (as of 2015) we’ve seen a 13% increase but only a 2% increase in income in the GTA. Roughly 1 in 5 households in the GTA are living in housing that is too small, in disrepairs, or unaffordable. As of 2014 there were 109,735 people on the social housing waiting lists  


The Many Faces of Housing exhibit featured photos of people and homes across the GTA. The exhibit touched on the opportunities for smart intensification with creative infill housing and midrise development; new partnerships with the private sector to build affordable housing ; how to leverage assets locked in social housing; affordable home ownership programs; how an Ontario Housing Benefit could help residents of the GTA afford housing; the need for more purpose built rental; and the opportunity of Tower Renewal.





Demolition in action in Regent Park, part of the redevelopment of one of Canada's oldest and largest community housing projects. 

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Lia and Alex Sharpe, seen standing in the laneway behind their east end home, point to cedar siding as they discuss the need for some maintenance.

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A man walks his dog next to a playground adjacent to the Regent Park Aquatic Centre.

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Mensur Mohamed, looks down his Etobicoke street as he stands on a grassy area in front of two Habitat for Humanity buildings, one of which has been his and his family's home for 3 years.

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A view of the top floors of a Lawrence Avenue East tower in Scarborough.

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Dianne Sahadeo, who has lived in her Lawrence Avenue East tower with her son Joshua for 16 years, looks up towards her apartment.

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An empty overgrown lot at 200 Madison Avenue with a construction site and existing residential buildings in the distance, to the left is the City of Toronto Archives Building.

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Dianne Sahadeo opens the door of a garbage chute on the 15th floor of her apartment building.

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Priya Jeyasegar listens to a caller on her cellphone as she prepares cookies with her sons Maaran, 6, and Cheran, 8, in the home that is rented to her by a church in the Beaches, at an affordable rate.

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A southeast view of the St. James mid-rise by Great Gulf, as seen from the 2nd floor window of the Canadian Bank of Commerce Building at of the offices of Greenspan Parners LLP at King and Jarvis Streets.

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Resident Mary Kitchen, who has lived in this building since its inception, sits on her couch knitting.

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A passerby stops to look at a construction site in Regent Park. 

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