Item - 2013.CD23.5

Tracking Status

CD23.5 - Results from the 2013 Street Needs Assessment and Next Steps to Improve Services for Those Experiencing Homelessness

Decision Type:
ACTION
Status:
Adopted
Wards:
All

City Council Decision

City Council on October 8, 9, 10 and 11, 2013, adopted the following:

 

1.         City Council thank the more than 550 community volunteers and team leaders who participated in the 2013 Street Needs Assessment and contributed to its success.

 

2.         City Council thank the Street Outreach Steering Committee for supporting the successful implementation of the 2013 Street Needs Assessment, and reaffirm the Committee’s important role in planning services for the homeless.

 

3.         City Council direct that the 2013 Street Needs Assessment report be forwarded for information to:

 

a.         the Prime Minister of Canada, the Federal Minister of Finance, the President of the Treasury Board, the Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development, the Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development, the Minister of Veterans Affairs and the Minister Responsible for Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation;

 

b.         the Premier of Ontario, the Provincial Minister of Finance, the Minister of Aboriginal Affairs, the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, the Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services, the Minister of Community and Social Services and the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing; and

 

c.         the Chairs of the Toronto Local Health Integration Networks.

 

4.         City Council reconfirm its commitment to ending street homelessness by working together with other orders of government, private sector landlords, social housing providers and community partners to strengthen service integration, access to housing, necessary supports and employability services.

 

5.         City Council direct the General Manager of Shelter, Support and Housing Administration (SSHA) to review service levels, using a gender equity lens and disaggregated data, in the Streets to Homes program in response to the 2013 Street Needs Assessment and other service benchmarks, and ensure that any changes to service delivery that may be recommended based on the results of the survey be reviewed as part of the 2014 Operating Budget process, with a focus on delivering programming that is targeted to finding and maintaining housing for persons living outside.

Background Information (Committee)

(September 4, 2013) Report with Appendix A from the General Manager, Shelter, Support and Housing Administration on Results from the 2013 Street Needs Assessment and Next Steps to Improve Services for Those Experiencing Homelessness
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2013/cd/bgrd/backgroundfile-61364.pdf
Appendix B - 2013 Street Needs Assessment Results Report
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2013/cd/bgrd/backgroundfile-61365.pdf

Motions (City Council)

Motion to Adopt Item (Carried)

Vote (Adopt Item) Oct-09-2013 7:58 PM

Result: Carried Majority Required - CD23.5 - Adopt the item
Total members that voted Yes: 38 Members that voted Yes are Paul Ainslie, Maria Augimeri, Ana Bail„o, Shelley Carroll, Raymond Cho, Josh Colle, Vincent Crisanti, Janet Davis, Glenn De Baeremaeker, Frank Di Giorgio, Sarah Doucette, John Filion, Paula Fletcher, Doug Ford, Rob Ford, Mary Fragedakis, Mark Grimes, Norman Kelly, Mike Layton, Chin Lee, Gloria Lindsay Luby, Giorgio Mammoliti, Josh Matlow, Pam McConnell, Mary-Margaret McMahon, Joe Mihevc, Peter Milczyn, Denzil Minnan-Wong, Ron Moeser, Frances Nunziata (Chair), Cesar Palacio, John Parker, Gord Perks, Anthony Perruzza, Jaye Robinson, Karen Stintz, Adam Vaughan, Kristyn Wong-Tam
Total members that voted No: 0 Members that voted No are
Total members that were Absent: 6 Members that were absent are Michelle Berardinetti, Gary Crawford, Mike Del Grande, James Pasternak, David Shiner, Michael Thompson

CD23.5 - Results from the 2013 Street Needs Assessment and Next Steps to Improve Services for Those Experiencing Homelessness

Decision Type:
ACTION
Status:
Amended
Wards:
All

Committee Recommendations

The Community Development and Recreation Committee recommends that:

 

1.         City Council thank the more than 550 community volunteers and team leaders who participated in the 2013 Street Needs Assessment and contributed to its success.

 

2.         City Council thank the Street Outreach Steering Committee for supporting the successful implementation of the 2013 Street Needs Assessment, and reaffirm the Committee’s important role in planning services for the homeless.

 

3.         City Council direct that the 2013 Street Needs Assessment report be forwarded for information to:

 

a.         the Prime Minister of Canada, the Federal Minister of Finance, the President of the Treasury Board, the Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development, the Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development, the Minister of Veterans Affairs and the Minister Responsible for Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation and

 

b.         the Premier of Ontario, the Provincial Minister of Finance, the Minister of Aboriginal Affairs, the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, the Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services, the Minister of Community and Social Services and the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing; and

 

c.         the Chairs of the Toronto Local Health Integration Networks.

 

4.         City Council reconfirm its commitment to ending street homelessness by working together with other orders of government, private sector landlords, social housing providers and community partners to strengthen service integration, access to housing, necessary supports and employability services.

 

5.         City Council direct the General Manager of Shelter, Support and Housing Administration (SSHA) to review service levels, using a gender equity lens and disaggregated data, in the Streets to Homes program in response to the 2013 Street Needs Assessment and other service benchmarks, and ensure that any changes to service delivery that may be recommended based on the results of the survey be reviewed as part of the 2014 Operating Budget process, with a focus on delivering programming that is targeted to finding and maintaining housing for persons living outside.

Origin

(September 4, 2013) Report from General Manager, Shelter, Support and Housing Administration

Summary

This report provides a summary of statistical results and key findings from the Street Needs Assessment conducted on April 17, 2013. This report also describes steps to be taken by Shelter, Support and Housing Administration, in response to the Street Needs Assessment survey, to improve outreach and housing support for Toronto’s homeless residents.

 

The 2013 Street Needs Assessment was undertaken at Council’s request to better understand the evolving nature of homelessness in Toronto, and the most effective ways to target services in order to address the needs of people experiencing homelessness. The Street Needs Assessment includes a point-in-time estimate of Toronto's homeless population as well as a 13-question survey administered to almost two thousand homeless respondents in indoor and outdoor sites.

 

The total estimated homeless population in Toronto on April 17, 2013 was 5,253 – representing a 1.6 percent increase from 2009. A number of key findings regarding Toronto’s homeless population are described in this report including an increase in the share of seniors, persistently high representation of Aboriginal-identified individuals, new data regarding respondents identifying as LGBTQ and Veterans, trends in health service use, and a reported decrease in the incidence of panhandling. Where possible, the results of the 2013 Street Needs Assessment are compared to the findings from previous surveys conducted in 2006 and 2009.

 

A detailed review of all results is provided in the attached document “2013 Street Needs Assessment: Results.”

Background Information

(September 4, 2013) Report with Appendix A from the General Manager, Shelter, Support and Housing Administration on Results from the 2013 Street Needs Assessment and Next Steps to Improve Services for Those Experiencing Homelessness
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2013/cd/bgrd/backgroundfile-61364.pdf
Appendix B - 2013 Street Needs Assessment Results Report
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2013/cd/bgrd/backgroundfile-61365.pdf

Speakers

Lishai Peel, Coordinator, Toronto Women's City Alliance
Susan Gapka, Trans Lobby Group

Motions

1 - Motion to Amend Item moved by Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam (Carried)

Amend recommendation 5 by adding the words "using a gender equity lens and disaggregated data" so that it now reads:

 

"5.        City Council direct the General Manager of Shelter, Support and Housing Administration (SSHA) to review service levels, using a gender equity lens and disaggregated data, in the Streets to Homes program in response to the 2013 Street Needs Assessment and other service benchmarks, and ensure that any changes to service delivery that may be recommended based on the results of the survey be reviewed as part of the 2014 Operating Budget process, with a focus on delivering programming that is targeted to finding and maintaining housing for persons living outside."


2 - Motion to Adopt Item as Amended moved by Councillor Anthony Perruzza (Carried)
Source: Toronto City Clerk at www.toronto.ca/council