Item - 2018.CD26.5

Tracking Status

CD26.5 - Emergency Shelter Services - Update

Decision Type:
ACTION
Status:
Amended
Wards:
All

City Council Decision

City Council on March 26 and 27, 2018, adopted the following:

 

1.  City Council adopt the target of the creation of 18,000 new supportive housing units, 1,800 new units per year, over the next 10 years to help people transition out of the shelter system and into permanent housing.

 

2.  City Council recommend to the Provincial Government the use of the Homes for Good Program as the delivery mechanism for the implementation of the supportive housing target.

 

3.  City Council request the Provincial Government to confirm ongoing operating funding and increased capital funding that meets the demand for supportive housing beyond the current program commitments of the Homes for Good Program to March 2020.

 

4.  City Council request the Provincial Government to increase its contribution to the Homes for Good Program by $405 million and the Federal Government to provide matching $405 million funding (total $810 million) to meet the City of Toronto's capital and operating needs to meet the 18,000 unit supportive housing target.

 

5.  City Council direct the General Manager, Shelter, Support and Housing Administration to include the financial impact of the supportive housing target in the 2019 infrastructure plan report to be submitted to the June 13, 2018 Community Development and Recreation Committee meeting on June 13, 2018.

 

6.  City Council request the Provincial Government to provide a response to City Council's previous request to immediately re-introduce funding mechanisms to offset the cost of sudden and prolonged increases in demand for emergency shelter space in Toronto.

 

7.  City Council request the Provincial Government to review and raise its rates for shelter benefits for the Ontario Works and the Ontario Disability Support Program to accurately reflect the real cost of rent and living in the City of Toronto.

 

8.  City Council request the Provincial Government to convene a regional Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area homelessness Service Manager action group, to identify opportunities to enhance collaborative regional service planning and services for people experiencing homelessness.

 

9.  City Council request the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care and the Local Health Integration Networks operating in Toronto to work with City staff, based on the current health service model pilots for shelter clients, to develop a clear minimum level of service and provide adequate funding for the model to be implemented system-wide, and City Council request the General Manager, Shelter, Support and Housing Administration to report to the Community Development and Recreation Committee meeting on May 9, 2018 on the status of the request and the potential to implement health services in existing shelters in 2018.

 

10.  City Council request the Provincial Government and the Federal Government to work with the City on identifying additional surplus properties, including 354 George Street and the Moss Park Armoury, for emergency shelter, supportive and affordable housing uses, and direct the Director, Real Estate Services to report to the Community Development and Recreation Committee meeting on June 13, 2018 on the status of these discussions.

 

11.  City Council request the Federal Government to, at a minimum, double and make permanent the Homelessness Partnership Strategy funding, with a focus on allocating funding in a flexible manner to those municipalities experiencing the greatest increases in absolute homelessness. 

 

12.  City Council direct the General Manager, Shelter, Support and Housing Administration to utilize the City's existing shelter standards as the basis for the development of the interim standards for 24-hour homeless programs that are not shelters, with an emphasis on ensuring health and safety of service users as the focus of the standards.

 

13.  City Council direct the General Manager, Shelter, Support and Housing Administration to develop a communications plan for homeless service providers, drop-ins, service users and the public and make this information public on the City's website by April 30, 2018, with information on the following:

 

a. interim standards for all 24-hour programs that are not a shelter with consideration for programs located in faith-based organizations;

 

b. the consultation process for developing permanent standards for 24-hour homeless programs; and

 

c. the transition plan for any respite centre or warming centre spaces that must be relocated and a plan to notify all respite centre users if there are any changes to the services they are currently using.

 

14.  City Council direct the Deputy City Manager, Internal Corporate Services and the General Manager, Shelter, Support and Housing Administration to review existing City of Toronto assets for the possible use of and/or conversion to supportive housing.

 

15.  City Council direct the General Manager, Shelter, Support and Housing Administration to engage the Toronto Community Housing Corporation to assess opportunities for utilizing vacant units as supportive housing.

 

16.  City Council direct the City Manager to engage the Federal Government, Provincial Government, Toronto District School Board, Toronto Catholic District School Board, Faith communities, and civic not-for-profit organizations to identify potential landholding that could be converted into supportive housing.

 

17.  City Council direct the General Manager, Shelter, Support and Housing Administration and the Director, Real Estate Services to report to the April 12, 2018 Community Development and Recreation Committee meeting on the result of the request to the Toronto Real Estate Board members to identify potential shelter spaces, including the list of proposed sites and status of review for each site, and including any sites that could potentially be used for smaller (under 50 beds), low-barrier shelters.

 

18.  City Council request the General Manager, Shelter, Support and Housing Administration to report to the June 13, 2018 Community Development and Recreation Committee meeting on developing a Community Shelter Reference Group to facilitate community input and feedback.

 

19.  City Council direct the General Manager, Shelter, Support and Housing Administration to develop a regular reporting framework to the Community Development and Recreation Committee and an Open Data framework with goals and benchmarks on the various pieces of the City's housing/homelessness/shelter strategy; such framework to be addressed in the report to be submitted to the June 13, 2018 Community Development and Recreation Committee meeting.

 

20.  City Council request the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning, in consultation with the General Manager, Shelter, Support and Housing Administration, to review and report to the appropriate committee on the planning approval mechanisms and options that would allow the City to overcome challenges in building new supportive housing developments.

 

21.  City Council request the General Manager, Shelter, Support and Housing Administration to develop a business case for consideration through the Budget process for 2019, on an enhancement to the City's drop-in programs, with particular attention to the role that drop-ins play in eviction prevention, supporting social inclusion, health and well-being, and reducing experiences of homelessness; and that consideration for enhanced funding include: mental health and employment supports, and transportation supports.

 

22.  City Council direct the Deputy City Manager, Cluster A to organize and host a charrette in fall 2018 to bring together the supportive housing sector, Shelter, Support and Housing Administration, City Planning, and the Affordable Housing Office to identify major challenges and solutions to advance the creation of supportive housing and to report to the Affordable Housing Committee at the same meeting where Housing Opportunities Toronto 2020 - 2030 will be considered in 2019 with recommendations including any by-law and legislative changes as may be necessary.

 

23.  City Council request the Deputy City Manager, Cluster A to support the development of new spaces for aging homeless by the redevelopment of existing sites, including potential purchases of new sites if necessary.

Background Information (Committee)

(February 20, 2018) Report and Attachments 1 to 15 from the Deputy City Manager, Cluster A on Emergency Shelter Services - Update
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2018/cd/bgrd/backgroundfile-112757.pdf
(February 28, 2018) Presentation on New Homeless Services Model
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2018/cd/bgrd/backgroundfile-112929.pdf

Communications (Committee)

(February 27, 2018) E-mail from Brian Davis, Executive Director, Houselink Community Homes (CD.New.CD26.5.1)
(February 27, 2018) Submission from Howard Ramonaitis (CD.New.CD26.5.2)
(February 28, 2018) Submission from Susan Bender, Manager, Toronto Drop In Network (CD.New.CD26.5.3)
(February 28, 2018) Submission from Kira Heineck, Executive Lead, Toronto Alliance to End Homelessness (CD.New.CD26.5.4)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2018/cd/comm/communicationfile-79022.pdf
(February 28, 2018) Submission from Dr. Kate Hayman, Drew Silverthorn and Lois Didyk, Members of Health Providers Against Poverty (CD.New.CD26.5.5)
(February 28, 2018) Submission from Greg Cook (CD.New.CD26.5.6)

Motions (City Council)

1 - Motion to Amend Item (Additional) moved by Councillor Ana Bail„o (Carried)

That City Council direct the Deputy City Manager, Cluster A to organize and host a charrette in fall 2018 to bring together the supportive housing sector, Shelter, Support and Housing Administration, City Planning, and the Affordable Housing Office to identify major challenges and solutions to advance the creation of supportive housing and to report to the Affordable Housing Committee at the same meeting where Housing Opportunities Toronto 2020 - 2030 will be considered in 2019 with recommendations including any by-law and legislative changes as may be necessary.

Vote (Amend Item (Additional)) Mar-26-2018 3:09 PM

Result: Carried Majority Required - CD26.5 - Bail„o - motion 1
Total members that voted Yes: 41 Members that voted Yes are Paul Ainslie, Maria Augimeri, Ana Bail„o, Jon Burnside, John Campbell, Christin Carmichael Greb, Shelley Carroll, Josh Colle, Joe Cressy, Janet Davis, Glenn De Baeremaeker, Justin J. Di Ciano, Frank Di Giorgio, John Filion, Paula Fletcher, Michael Ford, Mary Fragedakis, Mark Grimes, Jim Hart, Michelle Holland, Stephen Holyday, Jim Karygiannis, Norman Kelly, Mike Layton, Chin Lee, Giorgio Mammoliti, Josh Matlow, Mary-Margaret McMahon, Joe Mihevc, Frances Nunziata (Chair), Cesar Palacio, James Pasternak, Gord Perks, Anthony Perruzza, Jaye Robinson, Neethan Shan, David Shiner, Michael Thompson, John Tory, Lucy Troisi, Kristyn Wong-Tam
Total members that voted No: 0 Members that voted No are
Total members that were Absent: 4 Members that were absent are Gary Crawford, Vincent Crisanti, Sarah Doucette, Denzil Minnan-Wong

2 - Motion to Amend Item (Additional) moved by Councillor Paula Fletcher (Carried)

That City Council request the Deputy City Manager, Cluster A to support the development of new spaces for aging homeless by the redevelopment of existing sites, including potential purchases of new sites if necessary.

Vote (Amend Item (Additional)) Mar-26-2018 3:10 PM

Result: Carried Majority Required - CD26.5 - Fletcher - motion 2
Total members that voted Yes: 40 Members that voted Yes are Paul Ainslie, Maria Augimeri, Ana Bail„o, Jon Burnside, John Campbell, Christin Carmichael Greb, Shelley Carroll, Josh Colle, Joe Cressy, Janet Davis, Glenn De Baeremaeker, Justin J. Di Ciano, Frank Di Giorgio, John Filion, Paula Fletcher, Michael Ford, Mary Fragedakis, Mark Grimes, Jim Hart, Michelle Holland, Stephen Holyday, Jim Karygiannis, Norman Kelly, Mike Layton, Chin Lee, Josh Matlow, Mary-Margaret McMahon, Joe Mihevc, Frances Nunziata (Chair), Cesar Palacio, James Pasternak, Gord Perks, Anthony Perruzza, Jaye Robinson, Neethan Shan, David Shiner, Michael Thompson, John Tory, Lucy Troisi, Kristyn Wong-Tam
Total members that voted No: 1 Members that voted No are Giorgio Mammoliti
Total members that were Absent: 4 Members that were absent are Gary Crawford, Vincent Crisanti, Sarah Doucette, Denzil Minnan-Wong

Motion to Adopt Item as Amended (Carried)

Adoption of Community Development and Recreation Committee Recommendations 5, 10 and 12:

 

5.  City Council direct the General Manager, Shelter, Support and Housing Administration to include the financial impact of the supportive housing target in the 2019 infrastructure plan report to be submitted to the June 13, 2018 Community Development and Recreation Committee meeting.

 

10.  City Council request the Provincial Government and the Federal Government to work with the City on identifying additional surplus properties, including 354 George Street and the Moss Park Armoury, for emergency shelter, supportive and affordable housing uses, and direct the Director, Real Estate Services to report to the June 13, 2018 Community Development and Recreation Committee meeting on the status of these discussions.

 

12.  City Council direct the General Manager, Shelter, Support and Housing Administration to utilize the City's existing shelter standards as the basis for the development of the interim standards for 24-hour homeless programs that are not shelters, with an emphasis on ensuring health and safety of service users as the focus of the standards.

Vote (Adopt Item as Amended) Mar-26-2018 3:11 PM

Result: Carried Majority Required - Adoption of Community Development and Recreation Committee Recommendations 5, 10 and 12
Total members that voted Yes: 39 Members that voted Yes are Paul Ainslie, Maria Augimeri, Ana Bail„o, Jon Burnside, John Campbell, Christin Carmichael Greb, Shelley Carroll, Josh Colle, Joe Cressy, Vincent Crisanti, Janet Davis, Glenn De Baeremaeker, Justin J. Di Ciano, Frank Di Giorgio, John Filion, Paula Fletcher, Mary Fragedakis, Mark Grimes, Jim Hart, Michelle Holland, Jim Karygiannis, Norman Kelly, Mike Layton, Chin Lee, Josh Matlow, Mary-Margaret McMahon, Joe Mihevc, Frances Nunziata (Chair), Cesar Palacio, James Pasternak, Gord Perks, Anthony Perruzza, Jaye Robinson, Neethan Shan, David Shiner, Michael Thompson, John Tory, Lucy Troisi, Kristyn Wong-Tam
Total members that voted No: 3 Members that voted No are Michael Ford, Stephen Holyday, Giorgio Mammoliti
Total members that were Absent: 3 Members that were absent are Gary Crawford, Sarah Doucette, Denzil Minnan-Wong

Motion to Adopt Item as Amended (Carried)

Adoption of the balance of the Item, as amended.

Vote (Adopt Item as Amended) Mar-26-2018 3:12 PM

Result: Carried Majority Required - CD26.5 - Balance of the item as amended
Total members that voted Yes: 41 Members that voted Yes are Paul Ainslie, Maria Augimeri, Ana Bail„o, Jon Burnside, John Campbell, Christin Carmichael Greb, Shelley Carroll, Josh Colle, Joe Cressy, Vincent Crisanti, Janet Davis, Glenn De Baeremaeker, Justin J. Di Ciano, Frank Di Giorgio, John Filion, Paula Fletcher, Michael Ford, Mary Fragedakis, Mark Grimes, Jim Hart, Michelle Holland, Stephen Holyday, Jim Karygiannis, Norman Kelly, Mike Layton, Chin Lee, Josh Matlow, Mary-Margaret McMahon, Joe Mihevc, Frances Nunziata (Chair), Cesar Palacio, James Pasternak, Gord Perks, Anthony Perruzza, Jaye Robinson, Neethan Shan, David Shiner, Michael Thompson, John Tory, Lucy Troisi, Kristyn Wong-Tam
Total members that voted No: 1 Members that voted No are Giorgio Mammoliti
Total members that were Absent: 3 Members that were absent are Gary Crawford, Sarah Doucette, Denzil Minnan-Wong

CD26.5 - Emergency Shelter Services - Update

Decision Type:
ACTION
Status:
Amended
Wards:
All

Committee Recommendations

The Community Development and Recreation Committee recommends that:

 

1.  City Council adopt the target of the creation of 18,000 new supportive housing units, 1,800 new units per year, over the next 10 years to help people transition out of the shelter system and into permanent housing.

 

2.  City Council recommend to the Provincial Government the use of the Homes for Good Program as the delivery mechanism for the implementation of the supportive housing target.

 

3.  City Council request the Provincial Government to confirm ongoing operating funding and increased capital funding that meets the demand for supportive housing beyond the current program commitments of the Homes for Good Program to March 2020.

 

4.  City Council request the Provincial Government to increase their contribution to the Homes for Good Program by $405 million and the Federal Government to provide matching $405 million funding (total $810 million) to meet the City of Toronto's capital and operating needs to meet the 18,000 unit supportive housing target.

 

5.  City Council direct the General Manager, Shelter, Support and Housing Administration to include the financial impact of the supportive housing target in the 2019 infrastructure plan report to be submitted to the June 13, 2018 Community Development and Recreation Committee meeting.

 

6.  City Council request the Provincial Government to provide a response to City Council's previous request to immediately re-introduce funding mechanisms to offset the cost of sudden and prolonged increases in demand for emergency shelter space in Toronto.

 

7.  City Council request the Provincial Government to review and raise its rates for shelter benefits for the Ontario Works and the Ontario Disability Support Program to accurately reflect the real cost of rent and living in the City of Toronto.

 

8.  City Council request the Provincial Government to convene a regional Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA) homelessness Service Manager action group, to identify opportunities to enhance collaborative regional service planning and services for people experiencing homelessness.

 

9.  City Council request the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care and the Local Health Integration Networks operating in Toronto to work with City staff, based on the current health service model pilots for shelter clients, to develop a clear minimum level of service and provide adequate funding for the model to be implemented system-wide, and request the General Manager, Shelter, Support and Housing Administration to report to the May 9, 2018 Community Development and Recreation Committee meeting on the status of the request and the potential to implement health services in existing shelters in 2018.

 

10.  City Council request the Provincial Government and the Federal Government to work with the City on identifying additional surplus properties, including 354 George Street and the Moss Park Armoury, for emergency shelter, supportive and affordable housing uses, and direct the Director, Real Estate Services to report to the June 13, 2018 Community Development and Recreation Committee meeting on the status of these discussions.

 

11.  City Council request the Federal Government to, at a minimum, double and make permanent the Homelessness Partnership Strategy funding, with a focus on allocating funding in a flexible manner to those municipalities experiencing the greatest increases in absolute homelessness. 

 

12.  City Council direct the General Manager, Shelter, Support and Housing Administration to utilize the City's existing shelter standards as the basis for the development of the interim standards for 24-hour homeless programs that are not shelters, with an emphasis on ensuring health and safety of service users as the focus of the standards.

 

13.  City Council direct the General Manager, Shelter, Support and Housing Administration to develop a communications plan for homeless service providers, drop-ins, service users and the public and make this information public on the City's website by April 30, 2018, with information on the following:

 

a. Interim standards for all 24-hour programs that are not a shelter with consideration for programs located in faith-based organizations.

 

b. The consultation process for developing permanent standards for 24-hour homeless programs.

 

c. The transition plan for any respite centre or warming centre spaces that must be relocated and a plan to notify all respite centre users if there are any changes to the services they are currently using.

 

14.  City Council direct the Deputy City Manager, Internal Corporate Services and the General Manager, Shelter, Support and Housing Administration to review existing City of Toronto assets for the possible use of and/or conversion to supportive housing.

 

15.  City Council direct the General Manager, Shelter, Support and Housing Administration to engage the Toronto Community Housing Corporation to assess opportunities for utilizing vacant units as supportive housing.

 

16.  City Council direct the City Manager to engage the Federal Government, Provincial Government, Toronto District School Board, Toronto Catholic District School Board, Faith communities, and civic not-for-profit organizations to identify potential landholding that could be converted into supportive housing.

 

17.  City Council direct the General Manager, Shelter, Support and Housing Administration and the Director, Real Estate Services to report to the April 12, 2018 Community Development and Recreation Committee meeting on the result of the request to the Toronto Real Estate Board (TREB) members to identify potential shelter spaces, including the list of proposed sites and status of review for each site, and including any sites that could potentially be used for smaller (under 50 beds), low-barrier shelters.

 

18.  City Council request the General Manager, Shelter, Support and Housing Administration to report to the June 13, 2018 Community Development and Recreation Committee meeting on developing a Community Shelter Reference Group to facilitate community input and feedback.

 

19.  City Council direct the General Manager, Shelter, Support and Housing Administration to develop a regular reporting framework to the Community Development and Recreation Committee and an Open Data framework with goals and benchmarks on the various pieces of the City's housing/homelessness/shelter strategy; such framework to be addressed in the report to be submitted to the June 13, 2018 Community Development and Recreation Committee meeting.

 

20.  City Council request the Acting Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning, in consultation with the General Manager, Shelter, Support and Housing Administration, to review and report to the appropriate committee on the planning approval mechanisms and options that would allow the City to overcome challenges in building new supportive housing developments.

 

21.  City Council request the General Manager, Shelter, Support and Housing Administration to develop a business case for consideration through the Budget process for 2019, on an enhancement to the City's drop-in programs, with particular attention to the role that drop-ins play in eviction prevention, supporting social inclusion, health and well-being, and reducing experiences of homelessness; and that consideration for enhanced funding include: mental health and employment supports, and transportation supports.

Decision Advice and Other Information

The Community Development and Recreation Committee requested the General Manager, Shelter, Support and Housing Administration to:

 

1.  Provide an update to the Community Development and Recreation Committee on the information contained in Attachment 4 - "Shelter, Support and Housing Administration Homelessness and Housing First Solutions Operating Budget, 2009 to 2018", attached to the report (February 20, 2018) from the General Manager, Shelter, Support and Housing Administration, to delineate Federal funds and Provincial funds.

 

2.  Consult with BOOST Child and Youth Advocacy Centre to identify strategic partnerships to engage youth and families in abusive household situations, and report back to the Community Development and Recreation Committee on potential City of Toronto resources which could assist BOOST in expanding its operation to achieve the objective of preventing homelessness among at-risk youth.

 

The following gave a presentation to the Committee on the New Homeless Services Model:

 

-  Director, Service System Planning and Integrity, Shelter, Support and Housing Administration
-  Director, Community Resources, Social Development, Finance and Administration
-  Madeleine Morgenstern, Senior Policy Advisor, Toronto Central Local Health Integration Network
-  Nello Del Rizzo, Senior Consultant, Toronto Central Local Health Integration Network

Origin

(February 20, 2018) Report from the Deputy City Manager, Cluster A

Summary

This report responds to direction from the City Council meeting of January 31, February 1 and 2 to provide an update on work underway to expand and improve services available to people experiencing homelessness, including the extension of winter respite services after April 15, as well as longer-term approaches to ending homelessness.

 

Demand for services to respond to the needs of people experiencing homelessness continues to rise, driven by increasingly scarce affordable housing, low-incomes and increases in precarious work, lack of supportive housing to meet the needs of vulnerable people with mental health and addictions issues, increasing numbers of refugee claimants, as well as Toronto's increasing overall population growth.

 

As a result of this increasing demand, the City has responded by adding more than 1400 shelter beds to the system, a 30 percent increase, as well as opening eight Winter Respite Service locations. The City of Toronto, in partnership with the provincial and federal governments, is taking action to ensure appropriate emergency shelter is available to people who require it.

 

In addition to expanding shelter system capacity, the City is working to change the way shelters operate with a new service model that includes housing-focused case management supports and increased access to health and other social services in collaboration with the Local Health Integration Networks (LHINs). The 2019 Shelter Infrastructure Plan will be considered by Council later this spring, outlining plans for the continued expansion and improvement of Toronto’s shelter system, as well as a service plan for the 2018/19 winter.

 

Better understanding the distinct needs of specific populations and the flow of individuals and families through the system is key to helping build a flexible and responsive system. The City is committed to improving data collection and performance measurement systems to support evidence-informed practice and positive client outcomes through the 2018 Street Needs Assessment and enhancements to the Shelter Management Information System.

Emergency responses like shelters and respite services are critically important to fill the gap when people are in immediate housing crisis. However, the real solution to homelessness is to continue to build capacity in our prevention and housing stability services in order to move towards reducing and ending homelessness in the longer term.

 

In addition to focussing on emergency shelter solutions, supporting Torontonians experiencing homelessness to find secure, suitable, permanent housing and investing in solutions that prevent homelessness continue to be key priorities for the City, as set out in the City’s 10-year Housing Opportunities Toronto Action Plan 2010-2020.

 

City staff have started preparing for the next Housing Opportunities Toronto (HOT) Action Plan 2020-2030, which will guide the City's housing and homelessness initiatives over the next decade and will include specific targets for affordable, transitional and supportive housing needed. The updated HOT plan will be informed by market and demographic research and analysis, and will be developed based on extensive engagement with the other orders of government and key community partners and stakeholders. A directions report outlining the vision for HOT 2020-2030 will be brought forward to Council this spring.

 

The City is working closely with community partners and the provincial and federal governments to continue to expand the permanent shelter system, develop more preventative approaches, build more affordable and supportive housing and connect people with permanent housing opportunities.

Background Information

(February 20, 2018) Report and Attachments 1 to 15 from the Deputy City Manager, Cluster A on Emergency Shelter Services - Update
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2018/cd/bgrd/backgroundfile-112757.pdf
(February 28, 2018) Presentation on New Homeless Services Model
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2018/cd/bgrd/backgroundfile-112929.pdf

Communications

(February 27, 2018) E-mail from Brian Davis, Executive Director, Houselink Community Homes (CD.New.CD26.5.1)
(February 27, 2018) Submission from Howard Ramonaitis (CD.New.CD26.5.2)
(February 28, 2018) Submission from Susan Bender, Manager, Toronto Drop In Network (CD.New.CD26.5.3)
(February 28, 2018) Submission from Kira Heineck, Executive Lead, Toronto Alliance to End Homelessness (CD.New.CD26.5.4)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2018/cd/comm/communicationfile-79022.pdf
(February 28, 2018) Submission from Dr. Kate Hayman, Drew Silverthorn and Lois Didyk, Members of Health Providers Against Poverty (CD.New.CD26.5.5)
(February 28, 2018) Submission from Greg Cook (CD.New.CD26.5.6)

Speakers

Kira Heineck, Toronto Alliance to End Homelessness
Dr. Kate Hayman, Lois Didyk and Drew Silverthorn, Health Providers Against Poverty
Beric German
Melody Grant, Drop in Coordinator, Sistering
Tina James, Drop in Peer Support, Sistering
Howard Ramonaitis, Peer Leader, St. Stephen's Community House
Susan Bender, Manager, Toronto Drop-In Network
Jean Stevenson, Madison Community Services
Calvin Henschell, Regent Park Community Health Centre
Greg Cook, Outreach Worker, Sanctuary Toronto
Yogi Acharya, Ontario Coalition Against Poverty
Emily Jane Daigle
George Smitherman

Motions

1 - Motion to Amend Item (Additional) moved by Councillor Joe Cressy (Carried)

That:

 

1.  City Council request the Acting Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning, in consultation with the General Manager, Shelter, Support and Housing Administration, to review and report to the appropriate committee on the planning approval mechanisms and options that would allow the City to overcome challenges in building new supportive housing developments.

Vote (Amend Item (Additional)) Feb-28-2018

Result: Carried Majority Required
Total members that voted Yes: 4 Members that voted Yes are Joe Cressy, Joe Mihevc, James Pasternak (Chair), Kristyn Wong-Tam
Total members that voted No: 0 Members that voted No are
Total members that were Absent: 2 Members that were absent are Paula Fletcher, Michael Ford

2 - Motion to Amend Item moved by Councillor Joe Cressy (Carried)

That:

 

1.  The General Manager, Shelter, Support and Housing Administration provide an update to the Community Development and Recreation Committee on the information contained in Attachment 4 - "Shelter, Support and Housing Administration Homelessness and Housing First Solutions Operating Budget, 2009 to 2018", attached to the report (February 20, 21018) from the General Manager, Shelter, Support and Housing Administration, to delineate Federal funds and Provincial funds.

Vote (Amend Item) Feb-28-2018

Result: Carried Majority Required
Total members that voted Yes: 4 Members that voted Yes are Joe Cressy, Joe Mihevc, James Pasternak (Chair), Kristyn Wong-Tam
Total members that voted No: 0 Members that voted No are
Total members that were Absent: 2 Members that were absent are Paula Fletcher, Michael Ford

3 - Motion to Amend Item (Additional) moved by Councillor Joe Cressy (Carried)

That:

 

1. City Council adopt the target of the creation of 18,000 new supportive housing units, 1,800 new units per year, over the next 10 years to help people transition out of the shelter system and into permanent housing.

 

2. City Council request the Provincial Government to increase their contribution to the Homes for Good Program by $405 million and the Federal Government to provide matching $405 million funding (total $810 million) to meet the City of Toronto's capital and operating needs to meet the 18,000 unit supportive housing target.

 

3. City Council recommend to the Provincial Government the use of the Homes for Good Program as the delivery mechanism for the implementation of the supportive housing target.

 

4. City Council direct the Deputy City Manager, Internal Corporate Services and the General Manager, Shelter, Support and Housing Administration to review existing City of Toronto assets for the possible use of and/or conversion to supportive housing.

 

5. City Council direct the General Manager, Shelter Support and Housing Administration to engage the Toronto Community Housing Corporation to assess opportunities for utilizing vacant units as supportive housing.

 

6. City Council direct the City Manager to engage the Federal Government, Provincial Government, Toronto District School Board, and Toronto Catholic District School Board, Faith communities, and civic not-for-profit organizations to identify potential landholdings that could be converted into supportive housing.

 

7. City Council direct the General Manager, Shelter Support and Housing Administration to include the financial impact of the supportive housing target in the 2019 infrastructure plan report to be submitted to the June 13, 2018 Community Development and Recreation Committee meeting.

Vote (Amend Item (Additional)) Feb-28-2018

Result: Carried Majority Required
Total members that voted Yes: 4 Members that voted Yes are Joe Cressy, Joe Mihevc, James Pasternak (Chair), Kristyn Wong-Tam
Total members that voted No: 0 Members that voted No are
Total members that were Absent: 2 Members that were absent are Paula Fletcher, Michael Ford

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

That:

 

1.  City Council direct the General Manager, Shelter, Support and Housing Administration and the Director, Real Estate Services to report to the April 12, 2018 Community Development and Recreation Committee meeting on the result of the request to the Toronto Real Estate Board (TREB) members to identify potential shelter spaces, including the list of proposed sites and status of review for each site, and including any sites that could potentially be used for smaller (under 50 beds), low-barrier shelters.

 

2.  City Council direct the General Manager, Shelter, Support and Housing Administration to utilize the City's existing shelter standards as the basis for the development of the interim standards for 24-hour homeless programs that are not shelters, with an emphasis on ensuring health and safety of service users as the focus of the standards.

 

3.  City Council direct the General Manager, Shelter, Support and Housing Administration to develop a communications plan for homeless service providers, drop-ins, service users and the public and make this information public on the City's website by April 30, 2018, with information on the following:

 

a.  Interim standards for all 24-hour programs that are not shelters with consideration for programs located in faith-based organizations.

 

b.  The consultation process for developing permanent standards for 24-hour homeless programs.

 

c.  The transition plan for any respite centre or warming centre spaces that must be relocated and a plan to notify all respite centre users if there will be any changes to the services they are currently using.

 

4.  City Council request the Provincial Government to review and raise its rates for shelter benefits for the Ontario Works and the Ontario Disability Support Program to accurately reflect the real cost of rent and living in the City of Toronto.

 

Vote (Amend Item (Additional)) Feb-28-2018

Result: Carried Majority Required
Total members that voted Yes: 4 Members that voted Yes are Joe Cressy, Joe Mihevc, James Pasternak (Chair), Kristyn Wong-Tam
Total members that voted No: 0 Members that voted No are
Total members that were Absent: 2 Members that were absent are Paula Fletcher, Michael Ford

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

That Recommendations 1 and 2 in the report be replaced with the following recommendations:

 

1.  City Council request the Provincial Government and the Federal Government to work with the City on identifying additional surplus properties, including 354 George Street and the Moss Park Armoury, for emergency shelter, supportive and affordable housing uses, and direct the Director, Real Estate Services to report to the June 13, 2018 Community Development and Recreation Committee meeting on the status of these discussions.

 

2.  City Council request the Provincial Government to confirm ongoing operating funding and increased capital funding that meets the demand for supportive housing beyond the current program commitments of the Homes for Good Program to March 2020. 

Vote (Amend Item) Feb-28-2018

Result: Carried Majority Required
Total members that voted Yes: 4 Members that voted Yes are Joe Cressy, Joe Mihevc, James Pasternak (Chair), Kristyn Wong-Tam
Total members that voted No: 0 Members that voted No are
Total members that were Absent: 2 Members that were absent are Paula Fletcher, Michael Ford

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

That Recommendation 5 in the staff report be amended to read as follows:

 

 5. City Council request the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care and the Local Health Integration Networks operating in Toronto to work with City staff, based on the current health service model pilots for shelter clients, to develop a clear minimum level of service and provide adequate funding for the model to be implemented system-wide, and request the General Manager, Shelter, Support and Housing Administration to report to the May 9, 2018 Community Development and Recreation Committee meeting on the status of the request and the potential to implement health services in existing shelters in 2018.

Vote (Amend Item) Feb-28-2018

Result: Carried Majority Required
Total members that voted Yes: 4 Members that voted Yes are Joe Cressy, Joe Mihevc, James Pasternak (Chair), Kristyn Wong-Tam
Total members that voted No: 0 Members that voted No are
Total members that were Absent: 2 Members that were absent are Paula Fletcher, Michael Ford

7 - Motion to Amend Item (Additional) moved by Councillor Joe Mihevc (Carried)

That:

 

1.  City Council direct the General Manager, Shelter, Support and Housing Administration to develop a regular reporting framework to the Community Development and Recreation Committee and an Open Data framework with goals and benchmarks on the various pieces of the City's housing/homelessness/shelter strategy; such framework to be addressed in the report to be submitted to the June 13, 2018 Community Development and Recreation Committee meeting.

 

2.  City Council request the General Manager, Shelter, Support and Housing Administration to report to the June 13, 2018 Community Development and Recreation Committee meeting on developing a Community Shelter Reference Group to facilitate community input and feedback.

 

3.  City Council request the General Manager, Shelter, Support and Housing Administration to develop a business case for consideration through the Budget process for 2019, on an enhancement to the City's drop-in programs, with particular attention to the role that drop-ins play in eviction prevention, supporting social inclusion, health and well-being, and reducing experiences of homelessness; and that consideration for enhanced funding include: mental health and employment supports, and transportation supports.

Vote (Amend Item (Additional)) Feb-28-2018

Result: Carried Majority Required
Total members that voted Yes: 4 Members that voted Yes are Joe Cressy, Joe Mihevc, James Pasternak (Chair), Kristyn Wong-Tam
Total members that voted No: 0 Members that voted No are
Total members that were Absent: 2 Members that were absent are Paula Fletcher, Michael Ford

8 - Motion to Amend Item (Additional) moved by Councillor James Pasternak (Carried)

That the General Manager, Shelter, Support and Housing Administration consult with BOOST Child and Youth Advocacy Centre to identify strategic partnerships to engage youth and families in abusive household situations, and report back to the Community Development and Recreation Committee on potential City of Toronto resources which could assist BOOST in expanding its operation to achieve the objective of preventing homelessness among at-risk youth.

Vote (Amend Item (Additional)) Feb-28-2018

Result: Carried Majority Required
Total members that voted Yes: 4 Members that voted Yes are Joe Cressy, Joe Mihevc, James Pasternak (Chair), Kristyn Wong-Tam
Total members that voted No: 0 Members that voted No are
Total members that were Absent: 2 Members that were absent are Paula Fletcher, Michael Ford

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