Opioid usage is at one of its highest peaks in Toronto homeless shelters, Toronto Public Health says.
Growing disturbance over COVID-19 has prompted shelters to adapt to a new reality by limiting services and practising physical distance.
The problem of homelessness is still very relevant in the city, and its importance has only heightened with the increasing cold weather that 2019 has brought.
By spending a night in the cold, Tanya Wiles-Bell hopes to bridge a generational gap in her church community while raising awareness about homelessness.
About two hundred people attended a memorial Tuesday, August 8th for the founder of downtown Toronto’s homeless memorial, Bonnie Briggs. It was held at the Church of the Holy Trinity, next to Eaton Centre. That church is the site of the Homeless Memorial, which Briggs, 64, founded in 1997.
It’s the holiday season and the homeless shelter at Yonge and Sheppard is eerily empty. The majority of the women and girls who usually populate the YWCA have left to join their families. Except for Elisheva Passarello. She walks the halls by herself once again; it has been five years since she has seen her son, let alone spent a holiday with him.
“What was hard was homeless people often have someone; I had no one, not even my own son,” Passarello said. “What’s more difficult was that he didn’t have me.”