David Gordon would rather sleep tucked into the doorway of a bank than in the city’s emergency shelters or cold weather drop-in sites.

It’s not because of the individual people, stressed Gordon, 42, but because his anxiety and post-traumatic stress make it impossible for him to stay in cramped and noisy places, where men and women can experience a range of mental and physical health issues.

Toronto’s shelter system has beds, but at last count was 94 per cent full. At the city’s 24/7 winter drop-in sites people often sleep shoulder to shoulder on mats, or in chairs, or wherever they can rest.

“You can’t just throw a mat on the floor and expect that is going to solve the problem. You need to build places that we can afford to live in,” Gordon said during a press conference at City Hall on Tuesday morning.