Social justice pioneer

Bill Bosworth Photo: contributed
Bill Bosworth Photo: contributed
Published October 1, 2011

Bill Bosworth was a proud Anglican who helped make decent and affordable housing a reality for thousands of Toronto residents without a home.

On Aug. 24, Bosworth’s friends and colleagues gathered at Holy Trinity Anglican Church in Toronto to remember his four decades as a crusader for social justice. Bosworth died on Aug. 18 at the age of 63.

Empowering the poor by involving them in the planning and crafting of solutions to their own problems was one of Bosworth’s most strongly held values. In 1983, he became the founding executive director of Homes First Society, Toronto’s first provider of alternative housing. One 77-unit building for low-income single people became the first-and largest-government-assisted transitional housing project of its kind in Canada.

Bosworth is survived by his wife, Joan, and their children, Jenny and Steve.

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