Access to a phone or computer is essential for navigating modern life, finding work, connecting with friends, family, and critical support services such as healthcare. During the COVID-19 pandemic, the importance of digital life has grown even more. People with unstable or no access to housing are especially reliant on phone and internet access to stay safe and connected, yet are often not able to afford the sky high costs of phones, laptops and phone plans. With the City of Toronto's upcoming encampment evictions which will displace countless people, removing them from their communities and support networks - our unhoused neighbours need phones now more than ever.
ALAB Resource Clinic has been and will continue to connect our unhoused and housing insecure neighbours with phones, charging banks, and phone plans. We need to stand by our neighbours and connect our communities. If you want to do your part in connecting your community and are in a position to do so, please donate a phone, laptop, charging bank, or contribute financially toward the cost of phone plans.