City councillors Kristyn Wong-Tam and Gord Perks asked city council to declare Toronto’s homelessness and housing crisis a state of emergency during a press conference at City Hall on Jan. 22.

Wong-Tam and Perks, who represent Wards 13 and 4 respectively, gave a list of five recommendations to address the crisis to city council’s Planning and Housing Committee.They requested support from all three levels of government.

“We want to acknowledge the conditions of housing that exist in Toronto right now as being untenable,” Wong-Tam said. “The solutions that we have used in the past to address homelessness are failing.”