The City of Toronto is doing its best to end homelessness, but without necessary investments in affordable housing homelessness will keep growing. To put it bluntly, City Hall needs more support from Ottawa and Queen’s Park.
Over the past decade, advocates and governments across Canada have increasingly agreed that policies and programs to address homelessness should follow a Housing First approach. The idea is that someone experiencing homelessness should be housed as quickly as possible – any individual-level factors that contributed to that person’s homelessness (such as mental health issues and addictions) can be addressed afterwards.
In 2005, the City of Toronto introduced a Housing First program called Streets to Homes (S2H). But since that time, homelessness has increased. Why?