Addressing homelessness in our city - a path to stable, supportive housing

Homelessness is a crisis in our city. On any given night, over 8,000 people rely on our shelters, emergency respites, overnight drop-ins, and Out of the Cold programs to find a safe place to spend the night.

In the first weeks of 2019, we have seen four Torontonians lose their lives on our streets. Many across our city are calling for a state of emergency on the issues of homelessness. Homelessness is an emergency, it is a crisis.

Emergency response is not, and will never, solve homelessness. The stark reality facing those without adequate homes is a multi-year wait for supportive housing and 181,000 people on the waitlist for affordable housing. We must respond by ensuring that everyone has a safe place to sleep, each and every night. But, we must also create a path out of our shelter system, and into stable and supportive housing for the thousands who need it.

Next week, I will be asking City Council to support my call to scale up our supportive housing efforts to end chronic homelessness. Read my open letter here.