February 6, 2018
Homeless advocates are once again blasting city hall’s commitment to solving the shelter crisis, arguing its response lacks the funding and speed to really help Toronto’s most vulnerable.
At Tuesday’s executive committee meeting, city staff confirmed the 2018 budget — set to be approved next week — has the capital and operational funding to open 361 new shelter beds, replace 170 and keep 700 respite sites open for the rest of this year.
Mayor John Tory calls that a “significant” improvement.
But it’s far short of the 1,500 new beds that activists and some councillors say are needed.