A Pathway Out of Homelessness - Building New Supportive Housing

Homelessness is a crisis in our city, and supportive housing is a crucial component in addressing it. We must act immediately and begin building supportive housing now if we are ever going to truly end homelessness.

For years, we have called for a plan to reach our Council-approved target of creating 18,000 new supportive housing units over the next 10 years.  This week, a City staff report went to the Planning and Housing Committee with a roadmap for our City to take the lead in creating new supportive housing, beginning this year, and every year for the next decade.

Last November, I brought a motion to City Council requesting that City Staff include one third of the capital funds required to meet the Council-approved target of building 1,800 new supportive housing units a year for the next 10 years, in the 2020 budget.

We need every level of government to commit to investing in supportive housing, as a critical component of addressing homelessness. City Council has repeatedly called for all levels of government to commit to reaching our goal of 18,000 new supportive housing units over the next 10 years.

We need investment from the provincial and federal governments. But, we can no longer wait. The City must take action.  

We can end homelessness in Toronto. There are many actions we must take, and supportive housing is but one part of the large housing spectrum in need of investment, including social housing and rent-geared-to-income supports. But, housing is the answer and we must act now.