Item - 2014.CD30.8

Tracking Status

CD30.8 - Update on Options for a Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Queer/Questioning, and Two-Spirited (LGBTQ2S) Youth Focused Shelter or Transitional Housing

Decision Type:
ACTION
Status:
Adopted
Wards:
All

City Council Decision

City Council on July 8, 9, 10 and 11, 2014, adopted the following:

 

1.         Council direct the General Manager, Shelter, Support and Housing to report back to the Community Development and Recreation Committee on August 14, 2014 on the feasibility of allocating 25 percent of shelter beds to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Queer/Questioning, and Two-Spirited youth in an existing youth shelter facility with the request that the allocation be implemented in the fourth quarter of 2014.

 

2.         City Council request the General Manager, Shelter, Support and Housing Administration to ensure that Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Queer/Questioning, and Two-Spirited cultural competency, or anti-homophobia and anti-transphobia training be made mandatory for all shelter staff immediately, including maintenance, facilities, hospitality, and management staff.

 

3.         City Council authorize the General Manager, Shelter, Support and Housing Administration, to issue a Request for Expression of Interest in 2014 to explore community interest in operating an emergency shelter or transitional housing for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Queer/Questioning, and Two-Spirited youth experiencing homelessness.

 

4.         City Council direct the General Manager, Shelter, Support and Housing Administration, to report to the Budget Committee during the 2015 Operating Budget process on the results of the Request for Expression of Interest, feasibility of the service, and estimated program costs and tax impacts.

Background Information (Committee)

(June 11, 2014) Report from the General Manager, Shelter, Support and Housing Administration on the Update on Options for a Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Queer/Questioning, Two-Spirited (LGBTQ2S) Youth Focused Shelter or Transitional Housing
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2014/cd/bgrd/backgroundfile-70514.pdf

Communications (Committee)

(June 25, 2014) Letter from Tanya Gulliver-Garcia, Canadian Observatory on Homelessness/Homeless Hub (CD.New.CD30.8.1)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2014/cd/comm/communicationfile-48415.pdf

Motions (City Council)

Motion to Adopt Item (Carried)

Vote (Adopt Item) Jul-10-2014 2:33 PM

Result: Carried Majority Required - CD30.8 - Adopt the item
Total members that voted Yes: 37 Members that voted Yes are Paul Ainslie, Maria Augimeri, Ana Bail„o, Shelley Carroll, Raymond Cho, Josh Colle, Gary Crawford, Janet Davis, Glenn De Baeremaeker, Mike Del Grande, Sarah Doucette, John Filion, Paula Fletcher, Mary Fragedakis, Mark Grimes, Norman Kelly, Mike Layton, Chin Lee, Peter Leon, Gloria Lindsay Luby, James Maloney, Josh Matlow, Pam McConnell, Mary-Margaret McMahon, Joe Mihevc, Frances Nunziata (Chair), Cesar Palacio, John Parker, James Pasternak, Gord Perks, Anthony Perruzza, Ceta Ramkhalawansingh, Jaye Robinson, David Shiner, Karen Stintz, Michael Thompson, Kristyn Wong-Tam
Total members that voted No: 1 Members that voted No are Rob Ford
Total members that were Absent: 7 Members that were absent are Michelle Berardinetti, Vincent Crisanti, Frank Di Giorgio, Doug Ford, Giorgio Mammoliti, Denzil Minnan-Wong, Ron Moeser

CD30.8 - Update on Options for a Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Queer/Questioning, and Two-Spirited (LGBTQ2S) Youth Focused Shelter or Transitional Housing

Decision Type:
ACTION
Status:
Amended
Wards:
All

Committee Recommendations

The Community Development and Recreation Committee recommends that:

 

1.         Council direct the General Manager, Shelter, Support and Housing to report back to the Community Development and Recreation Committee on August 14, 2014 on the feasibility of allocating 25 percent of shelter beds to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Queer/Questioning, and Two-Spirited (LGBTQ2S) youth in an existing youth shelter facility with the request that the allocation be implemented in the fourth quarter of 2014;

 

2.         City Council request the General Manager, Shelter, Support and Housing Administration to ensure that Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Queer/Questioning, and Two-Spirited(LGBTQ2S) cultural competency, or anti-homophobia and anti-transphobia training be made mandatory for all shelter staff immediately, including maintenance, facilities, hospitality, and management staff;

 

3.         City Council authorize the General Manager, Shelter, Support and Housing Administration, to issue a Request for Expression of Interest (REOI) in 2014 to explore community interest in operating an emergency shelter or transitional housing for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Queer/Questioning, and Two-Spirited (LGBTQ2S) youth experiencing homelessness; and

 

4.         City Council direct the General Manager, Shelter, Support and Housing Administration, to report to Budget Committee during the 2015 Operating Budget process on the results of the Request for Expression of Interest (REOI), feasibility of the service, and estimated program costs and tax impacts.

Origin

(June 11, 2014) Report from the General Manager, Shelter, Support and Housing Administration

Summary

This report provides an update on the work of City staff and community stakeholders to develop options to support LGBTQ2S (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Queer/Questioning, and Two-spirited) youth experiencing homelessness in Toronto. The report also contains recommendations on the future direction of this work.

 

Feedback received to date from stakeholders supports the need to create a standalone emergency shelter or transitional housing for LGBTQ2S youth.  In addition, ongoing work is needed to make the current emergency shelter system for both youth and adults more accessible and safe for LGBTQ2S communities.

 

Staff will continue to gather information and research on best practices in other jurisdictions with the aim of developing a service model which will meet the needs of LGBTQ2S homeless youth in Toronto.  Concurrently, staff will incorporate best practices into the development of new emergency shelter standards to be implemented in 2015.

 

Improving access and equity for specific client groups, including LGBTQ2S communities, is a strategic direction in the 2014-2019 Housing Stability Service Planning Framework adopted by City Council in 2014.

Background Information

(June 11, 2014) Report from the General Manager, Shelter, Support and Housing Administration on the Update on Options for a Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Queer/Questioning, Two-Spirited (LGBTQ2S) Youth Focused Shelter or Transitional Housing
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2014/cd/bgrd/backgroundfile-70514.pdf

Communications

(June 25, 2014) Letter from Tanya Gulliver-Garcia, Canadian Observatory on Homelessness/Homeless Hub (CD.New.CD30.8.1)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2014/cd/comm/communicationfile-48415.pdf

Speakers

Tanya Gulliver-Garcia, Canadian Observatory on Homelessness/Homeless Hub
Helen Kennedy and Mark Riczu, Egale Canada Human Rights Trust
Dr. Alex Abramovich and Teal-Rose Jaques
Councillor Shelley Carroll

Motions

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

That City Council direct the General Manager, Shelter, Support and Housing to report back to the Community Development and Recreation Committee on August 14, 2014 on the feasibility of allocating 25 percent of shelter beds to LGBTQ2S youth in an existing youth shelter facility with the request that the allocation be implemented in the fourth quarter of 2014.

Vote (Amend Item (Additional)) Jun-25-2014

Result: Carried Majority Required
Total members that voted Yes: 5 Members that voted Yes are Maria Augimeri, Paula Fletcher, Josh Matlow, Joe Mihevc, Kristyn Wong-Tam
Total members that voted No: 0 Members that voted No are
Total members that were Absent: 1 Members that were absent are Anthony Perruzza (Chair)

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

City Council request the General Manager, Shelter, Support and Housing Administration to ensure that LGBTQ2S cultural competency, or anti-homophobia and anti-transphobia training be made mandatory for all shelter staff immediately, including maintenance, facilities, hospitality, and management staff.

Vote (Amend Item (Additional)) Jun-25-2014

Result: Carried Majority Required
Total members that voted Yes: 5 Members that voted Yes are Maria Augimeri, Paula Fletcher, Josh Matlow, Joe Mihevc, Kristyn Wong-Tam
Total members that voted No: 0 Members that voted No are
Total members that were Absent: 1 Members that were absent are Anthony Perruzza (Chair)

3 - Motion to Adopt Item as Amended moved by Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam (Carried)

Vote (Adopt Item as Amended) Jun-25-2014

Result: Carried Majority Required
Total members that voted Yes: 5 Members that voted Yes are Maria Augimeri, Paula Fletcher, Josh Matlow, Joe Mihevc, Kristyn Wong-Tam
Total members that voted No: 0 Members that voted No are
Total members that were Absent: 1 Members that were absent are Anthony Perruzza (Chair)
Source: Toronto City Clerk at www.toronto.ca/council