Toronto’s shelters sees a steady rise in opioid overdoses.
An anti-poverty activist group is calling on the city, province and federal government to solve the crisis in Toronto’s homeless shelters.
The Comfort Inn East hotel in Scarborough may soon be transformed into a homeless shelter for some of the most vulnerable men in the city.
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.
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.
The 2013 Toronto budget includes cuts to many Toronto services that numerous social and advocacy groups think are inappropriate.
Two Pickering teens were arrested after 19 glass bus shelters in Scarborough were damaged, according to Durham Police.