Statement from Councillors on City of Toronto's Pathway Inside Program
Today, the City of Toronto is launching a prioritized program to provide safe indoor accommodation and support for people experiencing homelessness, staying in encampments at Moss Park, Lamport Stadium, Alexandra Park and Trinity-Bellwoods.
The City's Pathway Inside program was developed through hard work and consultations with encampment residents and supportive community agencies. This new and enhanced service will provide private, well-maintained and secure rooms to singles and couples, along with necessary health and living supports. These new housing options respond to what encampment residents have been asking for: private rooms in the downtown that keep them close to their community and support networks.
As City Councillors, we understand that the crisis of homelessness during the pandemic requires that we take every measure possible to care for Torontonians. We believe that this enhanced program is a critical step towards permanently housing people, and ensuring the health and safety of entire communities. Governments, community workers, and all Torontonians need to continue to work together to create safe and compassionate pathways to housing for those in our communities who are without a home. We will continue to fight tirelessly for more affordable housing, including pushing the Province of Ontario for operating funds to create 2,000 new supportive housing units.
We are encouraged by this initiative and support this continued work. Together, we believe that we can – with political will, resources, and support – end chronic homelessness. And, we are going to continue working to achieve that goal.
Councillor Joe Cressy
Ward 10, Spadina-Fort York
Councillor Mike Layton
Ward 11, University-Rosedale
Councillor Gord Perks
Ward 4, Parkdale-High Park
Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam
Ward 13, Toronto Centre