Toronto Mayor John Tory says he will push city council to open 400 additional shelter spaces to tackle a crisis among Toronto’s homeless.

The spaces will be created primarily by renting space in hotels, he said, and by urging existing shelters to find more space for beds, rather than by opening the city’s armouries, as some advocates for the homeless have suggested.

The initiative is expected to cost about $10-million, the mayor said. He believes the city can draw the necessary money from its reserve fund and will have many of the beds available in a matter of weeks.