Taking Action to End Homelessness - City Council Vote on Supportive Housing

It’s time to build our way out of the homelessness crisis. Our City is trapped in a vicious cycle where our homeless population may be able to enter a shelter, but they don’t have a pathway out.

Today City Council took an important and big step toward ending homelessness by committing to creating new supportive housing. In a unanimous vote, City Council directed staff to create 600 units of supportive housing every year, starting in 2020. City Council also voted to call on the Provincial and Federal Governments to step up and provide additional operating and capital funding to ensure Toronto meets its target of 18,000 new supportive housing units (1,800 per year) over the next 10 years.

City Staff will now report to the February 12, 2020 meeting of the City’s Planning and Housing Committee with the details for how Toronto will create 600 units of supportive housing on an annual basis. Options identified for creating new units included converting existing city buildings, units in private rental buildings, and building new units on City-owned land.

Today’s outcome isn’t perfect - we still have a long way to go in Toronto to end homelessness. But, it is a critical and important step as City Council has confirmed its commitment to not only advocating for new supportive housing, but actually building it.