Housing Unit Takeovers (HUTs)

Free Online Training Sessions

Dates (Select One)
Tuesday, February 23, 2021 | 1:00 – 4:00 PM EST or
Friday, March 5, 2021 | 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM EST or
Tuesday, March 23, 2021 | 1:00 – 4:00 PM EST or
Friday, March 26, 2021 | 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM EST

Please join us on one of the above dates for a live, interactive session to learn more about the increase in Housing Unit Takeovers, gang involvement, and the need for multi-sector collaborative responses.

Housing Unit Takeovers (HUTs): A situation in which the legitimate tenant or homeowner finds themselves manipulated and endangered physically, financially, and/or psychologically by people who have moved into their home. This can happen to anyone and in our region, seems to be increasingly gang-related involving drugs, guns, and/or human trafficking. HUTs have serious negative impacts that also undermining strategies to end homelessness and provide safe and stable housing to our most vulnerable.

Each session is the same and includes:

  • An introduction to HUTs and a new regional project to address this issue by Peter Williams, Project Lead with the Peterborough Drug Strategy;
  • A presentation from the Dream Team*;
  • Local trends and challenges;
  • Exchanging ideas on needs and strategies for next steps.

*Dream Team is a peer-led advocacy group dedicated to advocacy, education, and research in the areas of supportive housing, mental health, discrimination, and stigma. Some Dream Team members have lived in supportive and social housing where they experienced HUTs themselves. Having survived a predator’s use of drugs and money to infiltrate and eventually take over their households, these Dream Team members are uniquely situated to give voice to the lived realities of HUTs in Toronto today.


Who should attend these sessions?
If you are working in any of the following community-based sectors in the Peterborough or Kawartha Lakes regions, this is for you:

  • Social and Supportive Housing
  • Addictions and Mental Health
  • Homelessness and Emergency Shelter
  • Developmental Disabilities and Brain Injury
  • Tenant Services
  • Seniors
  • Police, Legal, and Justice

How many people can attend?
Registration for each session has been capped at 50 participants.

Do I need to attend all of the sessions?
No, each session is the same. You only need to attend one.

Will these sessions be recorded?
No. These sessions will not be recorded in order to maintain the privacy of participants.

Who can I contact with further questions?
If you have an accessibility request or any other questions, please contact or 705-927-3448.