On the evening of Monday Nov. 2nd 2020, an electrical fire broke out in the basement electrical room at Neill-Wycik Co-operative College.
Neill-Wycik is a high-rise co-operative housing building, and is home to hundreds of students attending post secondary institutions across Toronto, including Ryerson University, George Brown College, University of Toronto and OCAD-U. Unfortunately not all of our young residents had rental insurance, and many are now being financially burdened with the cost of further accommodation and food that has spoiled in fridges without power.
Luckily it seems that a solution to restore power to the building is arriving much sooner than anticipated. That being said, a large number of residence are still nearing their financial breaking point from being put out at their own expense. For many this involved several days accommodation in a hotel, on top of unemployment and financial stress from the pandemic.
Donations will be going directly to reimburse Neill-Wycik residents for these financial hardships. Students are already among the most financially precarious demographic, and Covid-19 has disrupted their lives and finances even further. Many residents are scrambling to ensure they can stay in a place with wi-fi access for attending classes, or working remotely. All of these essentials have been disrupted, at significant cost.
Any financial assistance provided will be so gratefully appreciated. These funds are needed as soon as possible, and could mean the difference between having food and safety for a very large number of people.
Thanks you everyone for your generous donations!
Neill-Wycik has planned to disperse emergency funds to members by first establishing a committee to review food insecurity and financial need in the building resulting from the fire. Members have already begun applying for this fund, and the committee has met to review these applications. Funds donated are being used to purchase gift cards for groceries, and will be given to members ASAP. The timing of these funds grows ever more important as we near the end of the month, and bills and expenses pile up.
Our Emergency Funding Committee consists of one Staff Member, One Director from our Board of Directors, and one Member at large. They have begun the process of delegation and selected members who are the most in need. The fire has effected everyone differently. Some were able to go home and stay with parents with little to no financial setbacks incurred. Others needed to stay in hotels and lost hundreds of dollars worth of spoiled food in an un-powered fridge. We are weighing each circumstance on a case be case basis and are in the process of contacting members to give out funds, as selections have already been made. Thank you again for your support.
- Shimona Hirchberg
- Cynthia Mitchell
- Tony Tsonis
- Andrew Wong
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