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Frigid temperatures lead to hike in shelter usage in Toronto

Upward of 5,000 homeless people depend on city-funded shelters to keep warm during bone-chilling winter nights, according to the City of Toronto website. There has been a steady increase, by 1.6 per cent, in the homeless population since 2009. Emergency shelters are experiencing the highest average for nightly occupancy since 2011, accommodating more than 4,000 homeless people every night in all 57 city-operated shelters.

Council committee hears stories of homelessness during shelter meeting

A gallery full of emotional stories were told at the update on emergency shelter services meeting at City Hall on March 18. After protests by Ontario Coalition Against Poverty (OCAP) argue there is a great shortage of shelter beds available nightly, the Community Development and Recreation Committee discussed a report stating that there are.