Homelessness crisis in Toronto
Spiraling rents, historically low vacancy rates, long wait lists for social housing, inadequate mental health supports, and other factors, have created a housing and homelessness crisis in Toronto. The City’s Public Health Division recorded 145 deaths of individuals experiencing homelessness, from January 1, 2017 to June 30th 2018. Four homeless residents have already lost their lives this year.
According to the City’s Daily Shelter Census, Toronto’s shelters were well over the Council-mandated 90% threshold on a bitterly cold Wednesday night this week. The benchmark is in place because people can still be left in the cold even if there is capacity in the shelter system as a whole. For example, a bed in a Scarborough men’s shelter doesn’t help a woman in Etobicoke.
I support taking every measure possible to help ensure that no Torontonian is left out in the cold. That’s why I stood with housing and healthcare advocates, as well as two of my fellow Councillors, to support the declaration of a State of Emergency to bring resources from senior levels of government to provide additional shelter resources.
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