Item - 2020.EC16.1

Tracking Status

EC16.1 - Interim Shelter Recovery and Infrastructure Implementation Plan

Decision Type:
ACTION
Status:
Amended
Wards:
All

City Council Decision

City Council on October 27, 28 and 30, 2020, adopted the following:

 

1.  City Council request the Federal and Provincial Governments to:

 

a.  work with the City of Toronto prior to re-opening the border to develop a coordinated approach to new refugee claimant arrivals; and

 

b.  continue to provide temporary accommodation for refugee claimant arrivals at the border or place of entry until they have a permanent housing plan in place.

 

2.  City Council reiterate its request to the Federal and Provincial Governments to develop a regional response, in advance of the border reopening, to place new refugee claimant arrivals in interim housing where there is capacity.

 

3.  City Council request the Federal and Provincial Governments to recognize that permanent solutions to ending chronic homelessness are not possible without increased, long-term funding commitments and to provide ongoing, long-term funding for the operating funding needed to meet the City's supportive housing targets of 1,800 new supportive housing units every year for 10 years, as well as the recently-approved 24-month plan to create 1,000 new permanent modular homes, 1,000 new homes through acquisitions, renovations, and "shovel-ready" projects, and 1,000 additional new portable and flexible Canada-Ontario Housing Benefits to help households secure housing available for rent in Toronto and across the region.

 

4.  City Council request the Provincial Government to ensure that appropriate primary health care, harm reduction, overdose prevention, and mental health services are available to support individuals who are homeless during the pandemic and beyond and to provide the resources required to implement the shelter health services framework developed in partnership with the City of Toronto in 2018 in order to provide a coordinated and consistent approach to health services across the shelter system.

 

5.  City Council request the Provincial Government to provide ongoing and sustainable funding for the mental health case management and harm reduction supports needed to support individuals experiencing homelessness with complex needs, which the City of Toronto is providing on an interim basis at some temporary response shelter locations to meet immediate needs.


6.  City Council request the Provincial Government to end the practice of discharging individuals directly from provincial health and corrections facilities into homelessness and ensure that all individuals have a housing plan in place upon release and to work with municipalities to coordinate discharge plans to address housing and community safety in advance of release.

  

7.  City Council urge the Ontario Ministry of Health and the relevant Local Health Integration Networks to provide the necessary resources and supports for proactive, regular, and accessible mobile COVID-19 testing in shelter and respite settings.

 

8.  City Council authorize the General Manager, Shelter, Support and Housing Administration to receive funding and enter into new or amend existing agreements, subject to the approval of Shelter, Support and Housing Administration's 2021 Operating Budget, to continue to provide the City of Toronto's response for the homelessness service system as outlined in the implementation plan in Attachment 1 to the report (September 28, 2020) from the General Manager, Shelter, Support and Housing Administration.

 

9.  City Council approve the 2021 Shelter Infrastructure Plan in Attachment 2 to the report (September 28, 2020) from the General Manager, Shelter, Support and Housing Administration and City Council authorize the General Manager, Shelter, Support and Housing Administration to enter into new or amend existing agreements, as required, to open and operate shelters outlined in the 2021 Shelter Infrastructure Plan.

 

10.  City Council authorize the General Manager, Shelter, Support and Housing Administration to enter into new or amend existing agreements, as required, to maintain or add required respite spaces and shelter beds and respond to urgent or unanticipated needs to relocate shelters or 24-hour respite sites and 24-hour drop-ins.

 

11. City Council direct the City Manager, in consultation with the Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer, to find the necessary funds to spend on emergency measures to provide housing, shelter, or respite in the event that Toronto’s Shelter system cannot meet demand.

 

12.  City Council direct the General Manager, Shelter, Support and Housing Administration to continue to deliver an enhanced outreach strategy that focusses on ensuring the safety of those in encampments, increasing opportunities for permanent housing and access to safe indoor spaces, providing essential supports, and that "Streets to Homes" continue to work with interdivisional and community partners on the City's comprehensive approach to encampments using both human rights and public health approaches grounded in evidence-based practices that promote client and community safety.

 

13.  City Council direct the General Manager, Shelter, Support and Housing Administration to develop plans to rapidly scale up the permanent housing and shelter capacity response for the 2020-2021 winter season, if required for safe physical distancing to accommodate unanticipated demand on the shelter and housing system during the pandemic.

 

14.  City Council direct the General Manager, Shelter, Support and Housing Administration, in partnership with Corporate Real Estate Services and the Housing Secretariat, to conduct a portfolio review of the existing shelter system to identify existing shelter locations suitable for conversion to supportive housing and provide authority, subject to the approval of Shelter, Support and Housing Administration's 2021 Operating Budget, to use existing shelter operating funding for housing supports at those sites.

 

15.  City Council authorize the General Manager, Shelter, Support and Housing Administration and the Executive Director, Housing Secretariat to convert existing and planned funding through the 1,000 beds initiative to create supportive housing units and report to the Planning and Housing Committee with additional details on a plan to activate and operate affordable and supportive rental housing at these sites, including any requests for Open Door incentives to support the development of the sites.

 

16.  City Council recognize the importance of preventing people from becoming homeless and request the General Manager, Shelter, Support and Housing Administration and the Executive Director, Housing Secretariat to accelerate ongoing work toward the expansion of the Toronto Rent Bank Program and the Eviction Prevention in the Community Program and bring recommendations to City Council as soon as possible.

 

17.  City Council direct the General Manager, Shelter, Support and Housing Administration, in consultation with the Interdivisional Steering Committee for Encampment Response, to review the City’s existing policies and associated costs to ensure the provision of certain “survival” equipment and/or supplies to encampments are available as outlined in Recommendation 21 from the Verdict of Coroner's Jury Inquest into the death of Grant Faulkner.

 

18.  City Council request the General Manager, Shelter, Support and Housing Administration to report to the Economic and Community Development Committee meeting on December 7, 2020 on available indicators about the number of people seeking shelter or respite beds through Central Intake and the number of people referred to a space to ensure that adequate capacity is maintained in the shelter system.

City Council Decision Advice and Other Information

City Council considered Items EC16.1 and GL16.6 together.

Background Information (Committee)

(September 28, 2020) Report and Attachments 1-3 from the General Manager, Shelter, Support and Housing Administration on Interim Shelter Recovery and Infrastructure Implementation Plan
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2020/ec/bgrd/backgroundfile-157088.pdf
Attachment 4 - COVID-19 Interim Shelter Recovery Strategy: Advice from the Homelessness Service System
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2020/ec/bgrd/backgroundfile-157181.pdf
(October 14, 2020) Presentation from the General Manager, Shelter, Support and Housing Administration on Interim Shelter Recovery and Infrastructure Implementation Plan
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2020/ec/bgrd/backgroundfile-157442.pdf

Communications (Committee)

(October 7, 2020) Letter from Cameron Ley (EC.New)
(October 7, 2020) Letter from Brenda Walker (EC.New)
(October 7, 2020) Letter from Trish Buchanan (EC.New)
(October 7, 2020) Letter from Cherie Rahkola (EC.New)
(October 7, 2020) Letter from Robert Jeffrey (EC.New)
(October 7, 2020) Letter from Patti Abraham (EC.New)
(October 7, 2020) Letter from Jeff Friedman, Allen Gallery Art Sales and Rentals (EC.New)
(October 7, 2020) Letter from Joe Willis (EC.New)
(October 7, 2020) Letter from Chloe Macrae (EC.New)
(October 7, 2020) Letter from Delia Close (EC.New)
(October 7, 2020) E-mail from Heather MacPhee (EC.New)
(October 8, 2020) Letter from Debbie and Darryl Gallant (EC.New)
(October 8, 2020) Submission from Alex and Elena Meekhoff (EC.New)
(October 8, 2020) Letter from Alain Coulombe (EC.New)
(October 8, 2020) Letter from Patsy Chow (EC.New)
(October 8, 2020) Letter from Merilee Wright (EC.New)
(October 8, 2020) Letter from Dan and Anna Rogers (EC.New)
(October 8, 2020) Letter from Liz Miller (EC.New)
(October 8, 2020) Letter from Tatiana Kushner (EC.New)
(October 8, 2020) Letter from Dr. Feisel Haji (EC.New)
(October 8, 2020) Letter from Ania Biczysko (EC.New)
(October 8, 2020) Letter from Graeme Martin (EC.New)
(October 8, 2020) Letter from Robert Lembryk (EC.New)
(October 8, 2020) Letter from Karen Adams and Steve Baumgartner (EC.New)
(October 8, 2020) Letter from Kasia Mnich (EC.New)
(October 8, 2020) Letter from Robert and Magda Moore (EC.New)
(October 8, 2020) Submission from Chris Korwin-Kuczynski, Lakeshore Village Business Improvement Area (EC.New)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2020/ec/comm/communicationfile-121593.pdf
(October 8, 2020) Submission from Vashti King, New Toronto Ratepayers Association, including petitions signed by 1,727 people (EC.New)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2020/ec/comm/communicationfile-121608.pdf
(October 9, 2020) Letter from Gary Lahey (EC.New)
(October 9, 2020) Letter from Michael Caravaggio (EC.New)
(October 9, 2020) Letter from Joanne Macrae (EC.New)
(October 9, 2020) Letter from Sep Sepidar (EC.New)
(October 9, 2020) Submission from Jonathan Robart, Centre for Equality Rights in Accommodation (EC.New)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2020/ec/comm/communicationfile-121618.pdf
(October 9, 2020) Letter from George Kushner (EC.New)
(October 9, 2020) Letter from Arlene Gramada (EC.New)
(October 10, 2020) Letter from L. Rahkola (EC.New)
(October 10, 2020) Letter from R. McLellan (EC.New)
(October 11, 2020) Letter from Jenny Shao (EC.New)
(October 11, 2020) Letter from Frank Fu (EC.New)
(October 12, 2020) Letter from David Kunda, Lakeshore Lumber (EC.New)
(October 12, 2020) Letter from Jennifer Patterson (EC.New)
(October 12, 2020) E-mail from Joanne Yano, New Toronto - Lakeshore Village Residents' Association (EC.New)
(October 13, 2020) Letter from Roman Diakun (EC.New)
(October 13, 2020) Letter from Charlotte Minard (EC.New)
(October 13, 2020) Submission from Jonathan Robart, Centre for Equality Rights in Accommodation (EC.New)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2020/ec/comm/communicationfile-121745.pdf
(October 13, 2020) Submission from Wojtek Biczysko (EC.New)
(October 14, 2020) Submission from Kira Heineck, Toronto Alliance to End Homelessness (EC.New)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2020/ec/comm/communicationfile-121717.pdf
(October 14, 2020) Submission from Melissa Goldstein (EC.New)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2020/ec/comm/communicationfile-121744.pdf
(October 14, 2020) Submission from Richard Piatek (EC.New)

Motions (City Council)

1 - 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, in consultation with the Interdivisional Steering Committee for Encampment Response, to review the City’s existing policies and associated costs to ensure the provision of certain “survival” equipment and/or supplies to encampments are available as outlined in recommendation 21 from the Verdict of Coroner's Jury Inquest into the death of Grant Faulkner.

 

2.  City Council request the General Manager, Shelter, Support and Housing Administration to report to the Economic and Community Development Committee meeting on December 7, 2020 on available indicators about the number of people seeking shelter or respite beds through Central Intake and the number of people referred to a space to ensure that adequate capacity is maintained in the shelter system.

Vote (Amend Item (Additional)) Oct-28-2020 6:28 PM

Result: Carried Majority Required - EC16.1 - Wong-Tam - motion 1
Total members that voted Yes: 21 Members that voted Yes are Paul Ainslie, Ana Bail„o, Brad Bradford, Shelley Carroll, Mike Colle, Joe Cressy, John Filion, Paula Fletcher, Michael Ford, Mark Grimes, Cynthia Lai, Mike Layton, Josh Matlow, Jennifer McKelvie, Frances Nunziata (Chair), James Pasternak, Gord Perks, Anthony Perruzza, Michael Thompson, John Tory, Kristyn Wong-Tam
Total members that voted No: 2 Members that voted No are Stephen Holyday, Denzil Minnan-Wong
Total members that were Absent: 2 Members that were absent are Gary Crawford, Jaye Robinson

2 - Motion to Amend Item (Additional) moved by Councillor Gord Perks (Carried)

That City Council direct the City Manager, in consultation with the Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer, to find the necessary funds to spend on emergency measures to provide housing, shelter, or respite in the event that Toronto’s Shelter system cannot meet demand.

Vote (Amend Item (Additional)) Oct-28-2020 6:30 PM

Result: Carried Majority Required - EC16.1 - Perks - motion 2
Total members that voted Yes: 21 Members that voted Yes are Paul Ainslie, Ana Bail„o, Brad Bradford, Shelley Carroll, Mike Colle, Joe Cressy, John Filion, Paula Fletcher, Michael Ford, Mark Grimes, Cynthia Lai, Mike Layton, Josh Matlow, Jennifer McKelvie, Frances Nunziata (Chair), James Pasternak, Gord Perks, Anthony Perruzza, Michael Thompson, John Tory, Kristyn Wong-Tam
Total members that voted No: 2 Members that voted No are Stephen Holyday, Denzil Minnan-Wong
Total members that were Absent: 2 Members that were absent are Gary Crawford, Jaye Robinson

Motion to Adopt Item as Amended (Carried)

EC16.1 - Interim Shelter Recovery and Infrastructure Implementation Plan

Decision Type:
ACTION
Status:
Amended
Wards:
All

Committee Recommendations

The Economic and Community Development Committee recommends that:

 

1.  City Council request the Federal and Provincial Governments to:

 

a.  work with the City of Toronto prior to re-opening the border to develop a coordinated approach to new refugee claimant arrivals; and

 

b.  continue to provide temporary accommodation for refugee claimant arrivals at the border or place of entry until they have a permanent housing plan in place.

 

2.  City Council reiterate its request to the Federal and Provincial Governments to develop a regional response, in advance of the border reopening, to place new refugee claimant arrivals in interim housing where there is capacity.

 

3.  City Council request the Federal and Provincial Governments to recognize that permanent solutions to ending chronic homelessness are not possible without increased, long-term funding commitments and to provide ongoing, long-term funding for the operating funding needed to meet the City's supportive housing targets of 1,800 new supportive housing units every year for 10 years, as well as the recently-approved 24-month plan to create 1,000 new permanent modular homes, 1,000 new homes through acquisitions, renovations, and "shovel-ready" projects, and 1,000 additional new portable and flexible Canada-Ontario Housing Benefits to help households secure housing available for rent in Toronto and across the region.

 

4.  City Council request the Provincial Government to ensure that appropriate primary health care, harm reduction, overdose prevention, and mental health services are available to support individuals who are homeless during the pandemic and beyond and to provide the resources required to implement the shelter health services framework developed in partnership with the City of Toronto in 2018 in order to provide a coordinated and consistent approach to health services across the shelter system.

 

5.  City Council request the Provincial Government to provide ongoing and sustainable funding for the mental health case management and harm reduction supports needed to support individuals experiencing homelessness with complex needs, which the City of Toronto is providing on an interim basis at some temporary response shelter locations to meet immediate needs.


6.  City Council request the Provincial Government to end the practice of discharging individuals directly from provincial health and corrections facilities into homelessness and ensure that all individuals have a housing plan in place upon release and to work with municipalities to coordinate discharge plans to address housing and community safety in advance of release.

  

7.  City Council urge the Ontario Ministry of Health and the relevant Local Health Integration Networks to provide the necessary resources and supports for proactive, regular, and accessible mobile COVID-19 testing in shelter and respite settings.

 

8.  City Council authorize the General Manager, Shelter, Support and Housing Administration, to receive funding and enter into new or amend existing agreements, subject to the approval of Shelter, Support and Housing Administration's 2021 Operating Budget, to continue to provide the City of Toronto's response for the homelessness service system as outlined in the implementation plan in Attachment 1 to the report (September 28, 2020) from the General Manager, Shelter, Support and Housing Administration.

 

9.  City Council approve the 2021 Shelter Infrastructure Plan in Attachment 2 to the report (September 28, 2020) from the General Manager, Shelter, Support and Housing Administration, and authorize the General Manager, Shelter, Support and Housing Administration, to enter into new or amend existing agreements, as required, to open and operate shelters outlined in the 2021 Shelter Infrastructure Plan.

 

10.  City Council authorize the General Manager, Shelter, Support and Housing Administration, to enter into new or amend existing agreements, as required, to maintain or add required respite spaces and shelter beds and respond to urgent or unanticipated needs to relocate shelters or 24-hour respite sites and 24-hour drop-ins.

 

11.  City Council direct the General Manager, Shelter, Support and Housing Administration, to continue to deliver an enhanced outreach strategy that focusses on ensuring the safety of those in encampments, increasing opportunities for permanent housing and access to safe indoor spaces, providing essential supports, and that "Streets to Homes" continue to work with interdivisional and community partners on the City's comprehensive approach to encampments using both human rights and public health approaches grounded in evidence-based practices that promote client and community safety.

 

12.  City Council direct the General Manager, Shelter, Support and Housing Administration, to develop plans to rapidly scale up the permanent housing and shelter capacity response for the 2020-2021 winter season, if required for safe physical distancing to accommodate unanticipated demand on the shelter and housing system during the pandemic.

 

13.  City Council direct the General Manager, Shelter, Support and Housing Administration, in partnership with Corporate Real Estate Services and the Housing Secretariat, to conduct a portfolio review of the existing shelter system to identify existing shelter locations suitable for conversion to supportive housing and provide authority, subject to the approval of Shelter, Support and Housing Administration's 2021 Operating Budget, to use existing shelter operating funding for housing supports at those sites.

 

14.  City Council authorize the General Manager, Shelter, Support and Housing Administration, and the Executive Director, Housing Secretariat, to convert existing and planned funding through the 1,000 beds initiative to create supportive housing units and report to the Planning and Housing Committee with additional details on a plan to activate and operate affordable and supportive rental housing at these sites, including any requests for Open Door incentives to support the development of the sites.

 

15.  City Council recognize the importance of preventing people from becoming homeless and request the General Manager, Shelter, Support and Housing Administration, and the Executive Director, Housing Secretariat, to accelerate ongoing work toward the expansion of the Toronto Rent Bank Program and the Eviction Prevention in the Community Program and bring recommendations to City Council as soon as possible.

Decision Advice and Other Information

The General Manager, Shelter, Support and Housing Administration gave a presentation on Interim Shelter Recovery and Infrastructure Implementation Plan.

Origin

(September 28, 2020) Report from the General Manager, Shelter, Support and Housing Administration

Summary

The purpose of this staff report is to bring forward an implementation action plan for the City's COVID-19 response for homelessness services for the next 12 months, as part of critical second wave planning efforts to ensure the shelter system is positioned to respond effectively if there is a resurgence of COVID-19 this fall. The shelter recovery strategy supports the City's broader COVID-19 resurgence plan, which includes supporting vulnerable populations as one of five key priority areas for ensuring preparedness for future resurgences of COVID-19.

 

The report also provides information on Shelter, Support and Housing Administration's 2021 Shelter Infrastructure Plan. This includes a progress update on Council's direction to add 1,000 new permanent shelter beds and updates on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on planned shelters and how current investments can be leveraged to support recommendations of the Task Force.

 

The implementation plan is based on learning and experience from the first six months of our pandemic response within the shelter system, and the advice of the Interim Shelter Recovery Task Force convened in partnership with the United Way. During the first wave of COVID-19, system partners have been learning and working together at an accelerated rate to address urgent need. This experience has highlighted that our continued success in effectively responding to COVID-19, and protecting vulnerable individuals in our community, is dependent on the collaboration across the homelessness service sector, strong partnership with the health sector and enhanced regional collaboration.

 

Through the experience of the past 6 months, it has become clear that the solutions to homelessness and the spread of COVID-19 are one and the same. Safe and adequate housing is the best defense against spread of the virus. It has also become clear that while COVID-19 has affected everyone, it has had a greater impact on those in our community who face greater health inequities, including people experiencing homelessness and housing instability, women experiencing domestic violence, members of the LGBTQ2S+ community, and Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour (BIPOC) individuals. Going forward, our recovery strategy needs to consider these social determinates of health and include distinct approaches to confronting systemic barriers and discrimination that increases both the risks of homelessness and the risks to the virus.

Background Information

(September 28, 2020) Report and Attachments 1-3 from the General Manager, Shelter, Support and Housing Administration on Interim Shelter Recovery and Infrastructure Implementation Plan
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2020/ec/bgrd/backgroundfile-157088.pdf
Attachment 4 - COVID-19 Interim Shelter Recovery Strategy: Advice from the Homelessness Service System
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2020/ec/bgrd/backgroundfile-157181.pdf
(October 14, 2020) Presentation from the General Manager, Shelter, Support and Housing Administration on Interim Shelter Recovery and Infrastructure Implementation Plan
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2020/ec/bgrd/backgroundfile-157442.pdf

Communications

(October 7, 2020) Letter from Cameron Ley (EC.New)
(October 7, 2020) Letter from Brenda Walker (EC.New)
(October 7, 2020) Letter from Trish Buchanan (EC.New)
(October 7, 2020) Letter from Cherie Rahkola (EC.New)
(October 7, 2020) Letter from Robert Jeffrey (EC.New)
(October 7, 2020) Letter from Patti Abraham (EC.New)
(October 7, 2020) Letter from Jeff Friedman, Allen Gallery Art Sales and Rentals (EC.New)
(October 7, 2020) Letter from Joe Willis (EC.New)
(October 7, 2020) Letter from Chloe Macrae (EC.New)
(October 7, 2020) Letter from Delia Close (EC.New)
(October 7, 2020) E-mail from Heather MacPhee (EC.New)
(October 8, 2020) Letter from Debbie and Darryl Gallant (EC.New)
(October 8, 2020) Submission from Alex and Elena Meekhoff (EC.New)
(October 8, 2020) Letter from Alain Coulombe (EC.New)
(October 8, 2020) Letter from Patsy Chow (EC.New)
(October 8, 2020) Letter from Merilee Wright (EC.New)
(October 8, 2020) Letter from Dan and Anna Rogers (EC.New)
(October 8, 2020) Letter from Liz Miller (EC.New)
(October 8, 2020) Letter from Tatiana Kushner (EC.New)
(October 8, 2020) Letter from Dr. Feisel Haji (EC.New)
(October 8, 2020) Letter from Ania Biczysko (EC.New)
(October 8, 2020) Letter from Graeme Martin (EC.New)
(October 8, 2020) Letter from Robert Lembryk (EC.New)
(October 8, 2020) Letter from Karen Adams and Steve Baumgartner (EC.New)
(October 8, 2020) Letter from Kasia Mnich (EC.New)
(October 8, 2020) Letter from Robert and Magda Moore (EC.New)
(October 8, 2020) Submission from Chris Korwin-Kuczynski, Lakeshore Village Business Improvement Area (EC.New)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2020/ec/comm/communicationfile-121593.pdf
(October 8, 2020) Submission from Vashti King, New Toronto Ratepayers Association, including petitions signed by 1,727 people (EC.New)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2020/ec/comm/communicationfile-121608.pdf
(October 9, 2020) Letter from Gary Lahey (EC.New)
(October 9, 2020) Letter from Michael Caravaggio (EC.New)
(October 9, 2020) Letter from Joanne Macrae (EC.New)
(October 9, 2020) Letter from Sep Sepidar (EC.New)
(October 9, 2020) Submission from Jonathan Robart, Centre for Equality Rights in Accommodation (EC.New)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2020/ec/comm/communicationfile-121618.pdf
(October 9, 2020) Letter from George Kushner (EC.New)
(October 9, 2020) Letter from Arlene Gramada (EC.New)
(October 10, 2020) Letter from L. Rahkola (EC.New)
(October 10, 2020) Letter from R. McLellan (EC.New)
(October 11, 2020) Letter from Jenny Shao (EC.New)
(October 11, 2020) Letter from Frank Fu (EC.New)
(October 12, 2020) Letter from David Kunda, Lakeshore Lumber (EC.New)
(October 12, 2020) Letter from Jennifer Patterson (EC.New)
(October 12, 2020) E-mail from Joanne Yano, New Toronto - Lakeshore Village Residents' Association (EC.New)
(October 13, 2020) Letter from Roman Diakun (EC.New)
(October 13, 2020) Letter from Charlotte Minard (EC.New)
(October 13, 2020) Submission from Jonathan Robart, Centre for Equality Rights in Accommodation (EC.New)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2020/ec/comm/communicationfile-121745.pdf
(October 13, 2020) Submission from Wojtek Biczysko (EC.New)
(October 14, 2020) Submission from Kira Heineck, Toronto Alliance to End Homelessness (EC.New)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2020/ec/comm/communicationfile-121717.pdf
(October 14, 2020) Submission from Melissa Goldstein (EC.New)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2020/ec/comm/communicationfile-121744.pdf
(October 14, 2020) Submission from Richard Piatek (EC.New)

Speakers

Vashti King, New Toronto Ratepayers Association
Kira Heineck, Toronto Alliance to End Homelessness
Melissa Goldstein
Alykhan Pabani

Motions

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

That:

 

1.  City Council request the Provincial Government to provide ongoing and sustainable funding for the mental health case management and harm reduction supports needed to support individuals experiencing homelessness with complex needs, which the City is providing on an interim basis at some temporary response shelter locations to meet immediate needs.

 

2.  City Council request the Federal and Provincial Governments to recognize that permanent solutions to ending chronic homelessness are not possible without increased, long-term funding commitments and to provide ongoing, long-term funding for the operating funding needed to meet the City's supportive housing targets of 1,800 new supportive housing units every year for 10 years, as well as the recently-approved 24-month plan to create 1,000 new permanent modular homes, 1,000 new homes through acquisitions, renovations, and "shovel-ready" projects, and 1,000 additional new portable and flexible Canada-Ontario Housing Benefits to help households secure housing available for rent in Toronto and across the region.

 

3.  City Council direct the General Manager, Shelter, Support and Housing Administration, to continue to deliver an enhanced outreach strategy that focusses on ensuring the safety of those in encampments, increasing opportunities for permanent housing and access to safe indoor spaces, providing essential supports, and that "Streets to Homes" continue to work with interdivisional and community partners on the City's comprehensive approach to encampments using both human rights and public health approaches grounded in evidence-based practices that promote client and community safety.

 

4.  City Council direct the General Manager, Shelter, Support and Housing Administration, to develop plans to rapidly scale up the permanent housing and shelter capacity response for the 2020-2021 winter season, if required for safe physical distancing to accommodate unanticipated demand on the shelter and housing system during the pandemic.  

 

5.  City Council recognize the importance of preventing people from becoming homeless and request the General Manager, Shelter, Support and Housing Administration, and the Executive Director, Housing Secretariat, to accelerate ongoing work toward the expansion of the Toronto Rent Bank Program and the Eviction Prevention in the Community Program and bring recommendations to City Council as soon as possible.

 

6.  City Council urge the Ontario Ministry of Health and the relevant Local Health Integration Networks to provide the necessary resources and supports for proactive, regular, and accessible mobile COVID-19 testing in shelter and respite settings.


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