January 24, 2018
Anti-poverty groups staged a rally at Toronto City Hall Wednesday morning to put pressure on municipal officials to add more shelter beds for the city’s homeless.
The Ontario Coalition Against Poverty (OCAP) said that despite efforts by city officials to extend respite centres for the remainder of the year and adding 361 new shelter beds, there still isn’t enough space to house those in need.
“The current situation demands the addition of at least 1500 permanent new shelter beds to guarantee a spot for everyone in need,” OACP said in a Facebook event post.
“The City’s plan, at-best, might add about 400 beds over 2018; an expansion that will soon be undermined by the impending closure of Seaton House. This means the crisis will persist, along with its lethal consequences.”