In many locations across the world, neighbourhood support networks are being established to help those who are experiencing financial and housing precarity during the COVID-19 pandemic. West Neighbourhood House, for example, is partnering up with other agencies to organize mutual aid as a way for neighbours to support neighbours in Toronto.
The neighbourhood support network is working with "neighbourhood pods" which are a group of five to 30 neighbours from the same area. Pods can be text message groups, group chats, or even phone trees. These pods are independent and organize their work themselves, but West Neighbourhood House helps them get established and supports them throughout the process when needed. Each pod has a leader who is a volunteer who helps organize and coordinate their pod and its work.
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