Councillor Josh Matlow

Roehampton Shelter: Progress Update & School Safety Plan

In the midst of a pandemic and housing and opioid crisis occurring simultaneously, our focus as a community has been on ensuring the safety of our neighbourhoods, while supporting our City’s most vulnerable.

The Broadway site has closed and each client has been provided shelter or housing opportunities throughout the City. With regard to the Roehampton site, Mayor Tory and I have worked closely together to advocate for additional and necessary supports to be in place, including:

  • Community Safety Teams picking up hazards such as needles and monitoring 24/7 for inappropriate activity
  • City of Toronto Corporate Security mobile patrols
  • Toronto Police Services’ Community Response Unit visiting the site regularly
  • Inner City Health Associates providing physician, nursing and psychiatric supports and Toronto Public Health – The Works, which provides harm reduction
  • Full-time, on site case managers for clients. These workers will provide housing search assistance while referring clients to mental health professionals, employment services, skills training, harm reduction and addictions counselling
  • Internal facilities have been improved in recent weeks including the renovation of the pool area into an internal outdoor patio at the back of the site
  • To remain at the shelter, all clients must follow the Good Neighbours policy

Of the many actions that Mayor Tory and I requested of City Staff, priority was given to develop a school safety plan in close consultation with local school communities. Today, that plan was released. I want to thank the parents on the school councils, Trustees, Principals and many local families for their contributions, hard work and support. Please click here to read a letter that Mayor Tory and I wrote containing a link to the full plan.

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