Item - 2020.PH16.8

Tracking Status

  • City Council adopted this item on September 30, 2020 with amendments.
  • This item was considered by Planning and Housing Committee on September 22, 2020 and was adopted with amendments. It will be considered by City Council on September 30, 2020.

PH16.8 - Addressing Housing and Homelessness Issues in Toronto through Intergovernmental Partnerships

Decision Type:
ACTION
Status:
Amended
Wards:
All

City Council Decision

City Council on September 30, October 1 and 2, 2020, adopted the following:

 

1.  City Council endorse the Housing and People Action Plan in Attachment 1 and the COVID-19 Interim Shelter Recovery Strategy in Attachment 2 to the report (September 8, 2020) from the Executive Director, Housing Secretariat and the General Manager, Shelter, Support and Housing Administration as the framework for prioritization of the City's Intergovernmental advocacy work on housing and homelessness over the next 24 months, and to complement the City's HousingTO 2020-2030 Action Plan.

 

2.  City Council urgently request that the Federal and Provincial Governments support the City's 24-month plan in Attachment 3 to the report (September 8, 2020) from the Executive Director, Housing Secretariat and the General Manager, Shelter, Support and Housing Administration to deliver 3,000 affordable rental and supportive homes composed of:

 

a.  1,000 permanent modular homes;

 

b. 1,000 new homes through acquisitions, renovations and "shovel ready" projects; and

 

c. 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 request the Provincial and Federal Governments to urgently allocate funding for additional mental health care, and a continuum of substance use treatment and overdose prevention supports delivered by health and community partners, as part of an integrated enhanced service model to meet the increasingly complex needs of individuals that are currently experiencing homelessness to help transition them into permanent housing.

 

4.  City Council urge the Province of Ontario to immediately re-instate the moratorium on eviction of tenants.

 

5.  City Council direct the Executive Director, Housing Secretariat and the General Manager, Shelter, Support and Housing Administration to report to the October 20, 2020 meeting of the Planning and Housing Committee on a plan shift future capital and operating funding from shelters to create permanent supportive housing and to include the plan as part of the 2021 Capital and Operating Budget submission.

 
6.  City Council direct the Executive Director, Housing Secretariat, in consultation with the Executive Director, Corporate Real Estate Management, the General Manager, Shelter, Support and Housing Administration and CreateTO to develop an affordable housing acquisitions strategy to support the City's COVID-19 Housing and Homelessness Recovery Response Plan, and to report back to the October 20, 2020 meeting of the Planning and Housing Committee with recommendations to activate the strategy to take advantage of the federal Rapid Housing Initiative and ensure that the City is well-positioned to move quickly to acquire properties for people experiencing homelessness.

 

7.  City Council direct the General Manager, Shelter, Support and Housing Administration, to consult with the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing and the Ministry of Finance on opportunities to improve the customer service experience for both applicants and recipients of all Provincially funded and administered housing allowance programs.

Background Information (Committee)

(September 8, 2020) Report from the Executive Director, Housing Secretariat and the General Manager, Shelter, Support and Housing Administration on Addressing Housing and Homelessness Issues in Toronto through Intergovernmental Partnerships
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2020/ph/bgrd/backgroundfile-156417.pdf
Attachment 1: Housing and People Plan: Responding to COVID-19 Crisis while Planning for a More Resilient Future
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2020/ph/bgrd/backgroundfile-156418.pdf
Attachment 2: COVID-19 Interim Shelter Recovery Strategy
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2020/ph/bgrd/backgroundfile-156419.pdf
Attachment 3: City of Toronto 24-Month Housing Plan
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2020/ph/bgrd/backgroundfile-156597.pdf
Presentation from the Executive Director, Housing Secretariat
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2020/ph/bgrd/backgroundfile-156916.pdf

Background Information (City Council)

(September 29, 2020) Supplementary report from the Executive Director, Housing Secretariat on Addressing Housing and Homelessness Issues in Toronto through Intergovernmental Partnerships (PH16.8a)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2020/cc/bgrd/backgroundfile-157137.pdf

Communications (Committee)

(September 21, 2020) Letter from Shahrzad Mobasher Fard (PH.New.PH16.8.1)
(September 21, 2020) Letter from Kenneth Hale, Advocacy Centre for Tenants Ontario (PH.New.PH16.8.2)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2020/ph/comm/communicationfile-118515.pdf
(September 22, 2020) Letter from Nico Elliott-Armstrong (PH.New.PH16.8.3)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2020/ph/comm/communicationfile-118995.pdf
(September 22, 2020) Letter from Jonathan Robart, Centre for Equality Rights in Accommodation (PH.New.PH16.8.4)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2020/ph/comm/communicationfile-118523.pdf
(September 22, 2020) Letter from Muntasir Chowdhury (PH.New.PH16.8.5)
(September 22, 2020) Letter from Melissa Goldstein (PH.New.PH16.8.6)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2020/ph/comm/communicationfile-118996.pdf
(September 22, 2020) Letter from Kira Heineck, Toronto Alliance to End Homelessness (PH.New.PH16.8.7)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2020/ph/comm/communicationfile-118526.pdf
(September 22, 2020) E-mail from Nathan Doucet (PH.New.PH16.8.8)
(September 22, 2020) Letter from Simone E. Schmidt (PH.New.PH16.8.9)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2020/ph/comm/communicationfile-119007.pdf
(September 22, 2020) Letter from Claude Wittman (PH.New.PH16.8.10)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2020/ph/comm/communicationfile-119008.pdf
(September 22, 2020) Letter from Greg Cook (PH.New.PH16.8.11)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2020/ph/comm/communicationfile-119009.pdf

Communications (City Council)

(September 27, 2020) Letter from Patti Abraham (CC.Supp.PH16.8.12)
(September 26, 2020) E-mail from Jeff Friedman (CC.Supp.PH16.8.13)
(September 26, 2020) Letter from Alex and Elena Meekhoff (CC.Supp.PH16.8.14)
(September 26, 2020) Letter from Gary Lahey (CC.Supp.PH16.8.15)
(September 26, 2020) Letter from Robert and Magda Moore (CC.Supp.PH16.8.16)
(September 27, 2020) E-mail from Kevin Chabot (CC.Supp.PH16.8.17)
(September 22, 2020) Submission from Vashti King, New Toronto Ratepayers Association (CC.Supp.PH16.8.18)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2020/cc/comm/communicationfile-120558.pdf
(September 27, 2020) Letter from Joe Willis (CC.Supp.PH16.8.19)
(September 27, 2020) Letter from Delia Close (CC.Supp.PH16.8.20)
(September 27, 2020) Letter from Brenda Walker (CC.Supp.PH16.8.21)
(September 28, 2020) Letter from Ania Biczysko (CC.Supp.PH16.8.22)
(September 27, 2020) E-mail from John Plant (CC.Supp.PH16.8.23)
(September 28, 2020) Letter from Cherie Rahkola (CC.Supp.PH16.8.24)
(September 27, 2020) Letter from Arlene Gramada (CC.Supp.PH16.8.25)
(September 27, 2020) Letter from Wojtek Biczysko (CC.Supp.PH16.8.26)
(September 27, 2020) Letter from David Kunda, Lakeshore Lumber Company Incorporated (CC.Supp.PH16.8.27)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2020/cc/comm/communicationfile-120535.pdf
(September 28, 2020) Letter from Richard Piatek (CC.Supp.PH16.8.28)
(September 28, 2020) Letter from Tatiana Kushner (CC.Supp.PH16.8.29)
(September 28, 2020) Letter from Karen Adams (CC.Supp.PH16.8.30)
(September 28, 2020) Letter from Reay Jespersen (CC.Supp.PH16.8.31)
(September 28, 2020) Letter from Graeme Martin (CC.Supp.PH16.8.32)
(September 28, 2020) Letter from Anthony & Jessica Hajsan (CC.Supp.PH16.8.33)
(September 28, 2020) Letter from New Toronto Ratepayers Association (CC.Supp.PH16.8.34)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2020/cc/comm/communicationfile-120582.pdf
(September 28, 2020) Letter from Guy McCrum (CC.Supp.PH16.8.35)
(September 28, 2020) Letter from Michelle King (CC.Supp.PH16.8.36)
(September 28, 2020) Letter from Marta Pozniakowski (CC.Supp.PH16.8.37)
(September 28, 2020) E-mail from Thomas Crosby (CC.Supp.PH16.8.38)
(September 28, 2020) Letter from Debbie and Darryl Gallant (CC.Supp.PH16.8.39)
(September 28, 2020) E-mail from Stephanie Wilson (CC.Supp.PH16.8.40)
(September 28, 2020) E-mail from Yashar Khoshand (CC.Supp.PH16.8.41)
(September 28, 2020) Letter from Joanna Kajda (CC.Supp.PH16.8.42)
(September 28, 2020) E-mail from Sylvia (CC.Supp.PH16.8.43)
(September 28, 2020) E-mail from Simone and Michael Byrne (CC.Supp.PH16.8.44)
(September 28, 2020) E-mail from Denise Stremler (CC.Supp.PH16.8.45)
(September 28, 2020) Letter from William and Barbara Moss (CC.Supp.PH16.8.46)
(September 28, 2020) Letter from Trish Buchanan (CC.Supp.PH16.8.47)
(September 28, 2020) Letter from Vashti King (CC.Supp.PH16.8.48)
(September 28, 2020) Letter from Kim Dorney (CC.Supp.PH16.8.49)
(September 27, 2020) Letter from Melanie Cramp and Warren Evans (CC.Supp.PH16.8.50)
(September 29, 2020) Letter from Wanda Allen (CC.Supp.PH16.8.51)
(September 29, 2020) Letter from Leslie Newman (CC.Supp.PH16.8.52)
(September 29, 2020) Letter from Steve Baumgartner (CC.Supp.PH16.8.53)
(September 29, 2020) Petition from New Toronto Rate Payers (CC.New.PH16.8.54)
(September 29, 2020) Letter from Dan and Anna Rogers (CC.New.PH16.8.55)
(September 29, 2020) Letter from Wendy Bertsch (CC.New.PH16.8.56)
(September 29, 2020) Letter from Scott (CC.New.PH16.8.57)
(September 29, 2020) Letter from Jason Walker (CC.New.PH16.8.58)
(September 29, 2020) Letter from Robert Jeffrey (CC.New.PH16.8.59)
(September 29, 2020) Letter from Mark and Cindy Kitcher (CC.New.PH16.8.60)
(September 29, 2020) Letter from Roman Diakun (CC.New.PH16.8.61)
(September 29, 2020) Letter from Charlotte Minard (CC.New.PH16.8.62)
(September 29, 2020) Letter from Chloe Macrae (CC.New.PH16.8.63)
(September 29, 2020) E-mail from Jonathan Buccella (CC.New.PH16.8.64)
(September 29, 2020) Letter from George Kushner (CC.New)
(September 29, 2020) Letter from Robert and Magda Moore (CC.New)
(September 29, 2020) Letter from Agnes Stolarczyk (CC.New)
(September 29, 2020) Letter from Sandra Wokulousky (CC.New)
(September 29, 2020) Letter from Wojciech Stolarczyk (CC.New)
(September 29, 2020) E-mail from Joe Willis (CC.New)
(September 30, 2020) E-mail from Jan Copeman (CC.New)
(September 30, 2020) E-mail from Joanne Yano, Chair, Lakeshore Village Resident's Association (CC.New)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2020/cc/comm/communicationfile-121008.pdf
(September 30, 2020) Letter from Radenko Marmat (CC.New)
(September 30, 2020) Letter from Aleksandra Sucevic (CC.New)
(September 30, 2020) Letter from Danielle Parrotta (CC.New)
(September 29, 2020) Letter from Melanie Blochlinger Mullins (CC.New)
(September 29, 2020) Letter from Kel Chan (CC.New)
(September 29, 2020) E-mail from Jonathan Robart, Senior Advisor, Centre for Equality Rights in Accommodation (CC.New)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2020/cc/comm/communicationfile-121060.pdf
(September 29, 2020) Letter from Patty Chippa Findlay (CC.New)
(September 29, 2020) E-mail from Laura and Jim Campbell (CC.New)
(September 29, 2020) Letter from Liz Miller (CC.New)
(September 29, 2020) Letter from Richard Ganpat (CC.New)
(September 29, 2020) Letter from Juanita Forde McDermott (CC.New)
(September 29, 2020) Letter from Samuel McDermott (CC.New)
(September 29, 2020) Letter from Feisel Haji (CC.New)
(September 29, 2020) Letter from Alain Coulombe (CC.New)
(September 29, 2020) E-mail from Ramzi Boutros (CC.New)
(September 29, 2020) Letter from Sepehr Sepidar (CC.New)
(September 29, 2020) Letter from Ava Aram (CC.New)
(September 29, 2020) Letter from Dorsa Aram (CC.New)
(September 29, 2020) Letter from Evelyn Hubbs (CC.New)
(September 29, 2020) Letter from Robin Riley (CC.New)
(September 29, 2020) Letter from Pierre LeGendre (CC.New)
(September 29, 2020) Letter from Anna Bialas (CC.New)
(September 29, 2020) Letter from Collin Blatcher (CC.New)
(September 29, 2020) Letter from Christoph Buchmann (CC.New)
(September 29, 2020) Letter from Michael Caravaggio (CC.New)
(September 29, 2020) Letter from Judi Cohen (CC.New)
(September 29, 2020) Letter from Lawrence Cohen (CC.New)
(September 29, 2020) E-mail from Cheryl Hendy (CC.New)
(September 29, 2020) E-mail from Lisa Holland (CC.New)
(September 29, 2020) Letter from Valentina Ivanova (CC.New)
(September 29, 2020) Letter from Thomas Kosciuch (CC.New)
(September 29, 2020) Letter from Anna Kramarska and Pawel Kramarski (CC.New)
(September 29, 2020) Letter from Daniel Matthews (CC.New)
(September 29, 2020) Letter from Kasia Mnich (CC.New)
(September 29, 2020) Letter from Chuck and Lisa Thomas (CC.New)
(September 29, 2020) Letter from W. R. Thuma and Jane DuBroy (CC.New)
(September 29, 2020) Letter from Merilee Wright (CC.New)
(September 30, 2020) E-mail from Maria and Dave Cherevaty (CC.New)
(September 30, 2020) E-mail from Roger Carmichael (CC.New)

Motions (City Council)

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

That City Council urge the Province of Ontario to immediately re-instate the moratorium on eviction of tenants.

Vote (Amend Item (Additional)) Sep-30-2020

Result: Carried Majority Required - PH16.8 - Perks - motion 1
Total members that voted Yes: 22 Members that voted Yes are Paul Ainslie, Ana Bail„o, Brad Bradford, Shelley Carroll, Mike Colle, Gary Crawford, 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: 1 Members that voted No are Stephen Holyday
Total members that were Absent: 2 Members that were absent are Denzil Minnan-Wong, Jaye Robinson

Motion to Adopt Item as Amended (Carried)

Vote (Adopt Item as Amended) Sep-30-2020

Result: Carried Majority Required - PH16.8 - Adopt the Item as amended
Total members that voted Yes: 22 Members that voted Yes are Paul Ainslie, Ana Bail„o, Brad Bradford, Shelley Carroll, Mike Colle, Gary Crawford, 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: 1 Members that voted No are Stephen Holyday
Total members that were Absent: 2 Members that were absent are Denzil Minnan-Wong, Jaye Robinson

Point of Privilege by Councillor Stephen Holyday

Councillor Holyday, rising on a Point of Privilege, stated that the Speaker should confirm for the viewing public that City Council is meeting in accordance with the requirements of Public Health and that Members are safe, and if otherwise, the configuration of the meeting should be changed.

Ruling by Councillor Frances Nunziata
Speaker Nunziata accepted the Point of Privilege and ruled that Members are safe and that staff have made the necessary changes in the Chamber set-up for the safety of Members.


Point of Privilege by Councillor James Pasternak

Councillor Pasternak, rising on a Point of Privilege, stated he agreed with Councillor Holyday and noted that Members have not received any correspondence from the Medical Officer of Health that Council meetings are not safe and that they should not take place, and that to allude to something different is not appropriate. Councillor Pasternak further stated that Members are here in the Chamber under the safest possible circumstances based on the guideline and that the public should know that.


Point of Privilege by Councillor Paula Fletcher

Councillor Fletcher, rising on a Point of Privilege, stated that she would like to know if the Medical Officer of Health has suggested that Members be home and not in the Chamber.


Point of Privilege by Councillor Mike Layton

Councillor Layton, rising on a Point of Privilege, stated that he is following the advice on the City's website regarding COVID-19 which is to limit non-essential trips out of your home.

Ruling by Councillor Frances Nunziata
Speaker Nunziata accepted the Points of Privilege and thanked Members for their comments.


Point of Privilege by Councillor Mike Colle

Councillor Colle, rising on a Point of Privilege, stated that he has a motion on this item and asked the Speaker to advise why he is not allowed to speak.

Ruling by Councillor Frances Nunziata
Speaker Nunziata accepted the Point of Privilege and ruled that Members were asked if there were any further speakers and not receiving any response, announced that Councillor Bailao was the last speaker.


Point of Privilege by Councillor Josh Matlow

Councillor Matlow, rising on a Point of Privilege, stated that the Speaker should allow Members some latitude to place their motions.

Ruling by Councillor Frances Nunziata
Speaker Nunziata accepted the Point of Privilege and ruled that she had made it very clear by asking Members three times if there were any other speakers before the Speakers List was closed.


Point of Privilege by Councillor Mike Colle

Councillor Colle, rising on a Point of Privilege, stated that Council should just move on to the next Item.

PH16.8 - Addressing Housing and Homelessness Issues in Toronto through Intergovernmental Partnerships

Decision Type:
ACTION
Status:
Amended
Wards:
All

Committee Recommendations

The Planning and Housing Committee recommends that:

 

1. City Council endorse the Housing and People Action Plan, in Attachment 1 and the COVID-19 Interim Shelter Recovery Strategy in Attachment 2 to the report (September 8, 2020) from the Executive Director, Housing Secretariat and the General Manager, Shelter, Support and Housing Administration as the framework for prioritization of the City's Intergovernmental advocacy work on housing and homelessness over the next 24 months, and to complement the City's HousingTO 2020-2030 Action Plan.

 

2. City Council urgently request that the Federal and Provincial governments support the City's 24-month plan in Attachment 3 to the report (September 8, 2020) from the Executive Director, Housing Secretariat and the General Manager, Shelter, Support and Housing Administration to deliver 3,000 affordable rental and supportive homes comprised of:

 

a.  1,000 permanent modular homes;

 

b. 1,000 new homes through acquisitions, renovations and "shovel ready" projects; and

 

c. 1,000 additional new portable (and flexible) Canada-Ontario Housing Benefits (COHB) to help households secure housing available for rent in Toronto and across the region.

 

3. City Council request the Provincial and Federal Governments to urgently allocate funding for additional mental health care, and a continuum of substance use treatment and overdose prevention supports delivered by health and community partners, as part of an integrated enhanced service model to meet the increasingly complex needs of individuals that are currently experiencing homelessness to help transition them into permanent housing.

 

4. City Council direct the Executive Director, Housing Secretariat and the General Manager, Shelter, Support and Housing Administration to report to the October 20, 2020 meeting of the Planning and Housing Committee on a plan shift future capital and operating funding from shelters to create permanent supportive housing and to include the plan as part of the 2021 Capital and Operating Budget submission.

 
5. City Council direct the Executive Director, Housing Secretariat, in consultation with the Executive Director, Corporate Real Estate Management, the General Manager, Shelter, Support and Housing Administration and CreateTO to develop an affordable housing acquisitions strategy to support the City's COVID-19 Housing and Homelessness Recovery Response Plan, and to report back to the October 20, 2020 meeting of the Planning and Housing Committee with recommendations to activate the strategy to take advantage of the federal Rapid Housing Initiative and ensure that the City is well-positioned to move quickly to acquire properties for people experiencing homelessness.

 

6. City Council direct the General Manager, Shelter, Support and Housing Administration, to consult with the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing and the Ministry of Finance on opportunities to improve the customer service experience for both applicants and recipients of all Provincially funded and administered housing allowance programs.

Decision Advice and Other Information

The Planning and Housing Committee:

 

1. Directed the Executive Director, Housing Secretariat to report directly to City Council at its meeting of September 30 and October 1, 2020 to outline the process that will give unsolicited inquiries from property owners their due consideration as part of any plan to obtain 1,000 new homes through acquisitions, renovations and "shovel ready" projects for the City's Housing and People Action Plan.

 

The Executive Director, Housing Secretariat gave a presentation on Addressing Housing and Homelessness Issues in Toronto through Intergovernmental Partnerships.

Origin

(September 8, 2020) Report from the Executive Director, Housing Secretariat and the General Manager, Shelter, Support and Housing Administration

Summary

In December 2019, City Council adopted the HousingTO 2020-2030 Action Plan to address housing and homelessness challenges in the City of Toronto. The HousingTO 2020-2030 Action Plan, which is premised on intergovernmental partnerships, has an ambitious aim to help over 340,000 households through the approval of over 40,000 new affordable rental homes, including 18,000 supportive housing units over the next 10 years. It also proposes a range of actions to increase housing stability for Toronto residents.

 

As part of Council's approval, staff were directed to establish an Intergovernmental Working Group with the federal and provincial governments to develop a six-month action plan to address the urgent issue of homelessness in the City. On February 20, 2020, City Council further directed staff to establish an Inter-divisional Working Group and work with stakeholders to develop a six-month action plan to address homelessness. 

 

Due to the emergence of the COVID-19 pandemic in March, the formal working groups were delayed and are now in the process of being established. However, staff have been actively engaged and working with all orders of government, and across City divisions, agencies and corporations to respond to the pandemic and lay the foundation for recovery. These partnership efforts have focused on supporting our most vulnerable and marginalized residents, including a significant expansion of the emergency shelter system to create spaces for physical distancing and isolation and moving clients from the shelter system into permanent housing where possible.

 

This report provides an update on some of the actions taken to date in response to the pandemic. It provides also provides a summary of the Housing and People Action Plan developed by the Mayor's Recovery Task Force as well as the joint Shelter Support and Housing Administration (SSHA)/United Way of Greater Toronto (UWGT) COVID-19 Interim Shelter Recovery Strategy. These reports' recommendations are aligned and support the request for a new tri-government partnership to expedite investments under the National Housing Strategy and other programs to accelerate the actions of the HousingTO 2020-2030 Action Plan, and support a 24-month plan for the delivery of 3,000 affordable and supportive homes as part of recovery planning. Both documents provide a roadmap for governments to address housing and homelessness challenges now while concurrently taking action to pivot away from emergency measures towards stable permanent housing solutions as part of recovery. The actions in both reports complement and support the goals of the City's HousingTO 2020-2030 Action Plan.

Background Information

(September 8, 2020) Report from the Executive Director, Housing Secretariat and the General Manager, Shelter, Support and Housing Administration on Addressing Housing and Homelessness Issues in Toronto through Intergovernmental Partnerships
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2020/ph/bgrd/backgroundfile-156417.pdf
Attachment 1: Housing and People Plan: Responding to COVID-19 Crisis while Planning for a More Resilient Future
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2020/ph/bgrd/backgroundfile-156418.pdf
Attachment 2: COVID-19 Interim Shelter Recovery Strategy
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2020/ph/bgrd/backgroundfile-156419.pdf
Attachment 3: City of Toronto 24-Month Housing Plan
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2020/ph/bgrd/backgroundfile-156597.pdf
Presentation from the Executive Director, Housing Secretariat
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2020/ph/bgrd/backgroundfile-156916.pdf

Communications

(September 21, 2020) Letter from Shahrzad Mobasher Fard (PH.New.PH16.8.1)
(September 21, 2020) Letter from Kenneth Hale, Advocacy Centre for Tenants Ontario (PH.New.PH16.8.2)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2020/ph/comm/communicationfile-118515.pdf
(September 22, 2020) Letter from Nico Elliott-Armstrong (PH.New.PH16.8.3)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2020/ph/comm/communicationfile-118995.pdf
(September 22, 2020) Letter from Jonathan Robart, Centre for Equality Rights in Accommodation (PH.New.PH16.8.4)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2020/ph/comm/communicationfile-118523.pdf
(September 22, 2020) Letter from Muntasir Chowdhury (PH.New.PH16.8.5)
(September 22, 2020) Letter from Melissa Goldstein (PH.New.PH16.8.6)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2020/ph/comm/communicationfile-118996.pdf
(September 22, 2020) Letter from Kira Heineck, Toronto Alliance to End Homelessness (PH.New.PH16.8.7)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2020/ph/comm/communicationfile-118526.pdf
(September 22, 2020) E-mail from Nathan Doucet (PH.New.PH16.8.8)
(September 22, 2020) Letter from Simone E. Schmidt (PH.New.PH16.8.9)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2020/ph/comm/communicationfile-119007.pdf
(September 22, 2020) Letter from Claude Wittman (PH.New.PH16.8.10)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2020/ph/comm/communicationfile-119008.pdf
(September 22, 2020) Letter from Greg Cook (PH.New.PH16.8.11)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2020/ph/comm/communicationfile-119009.pdf

Speakers

Arthur Lofsky
Sonja Nerad, Toronto Shelter Network
Kira Heineck, Toronto Alliance to End Homelessness
Ian Cooper
Jason Appleby
Tara Speers
Yvonne Robertson
Harmy Mendoza, Woman Abuse Council of Toronto
Vashti King, New Toronto Ratepayers Association
Nathan Doucet, Encampment Support Network
Claude Wittman
Kenneth Hale, Advocacy Centre for Tenants Ontario
Jonathan Robart, Senior Advisor for Policy, Litigation & Law Reform, Centre for Equality Rights in Accommodation (CERA)
Muntasir Chowdhury
Sharon Taylor
Mohamed Hashim, Condominium Residences and Small Businesses in Downtown Toronto
Alykhan Pabani
Frank Cox-O'Connell
Melissa Goldstein
Greg Cook, Outreach Worker, Sanctuary Toronto
Shahrzad Mobasher Fard, Condo Residences and Small Businesses of Downtown Toronto
Simone Schmidt
Tammy McLean

Motions

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

That the Executive Director, Housing Secretariat report directly to City Council at its meeting of September 30 and October 1, 2020 to outline the process that will give unsolicited inquiries from property owners their due consideration as part of any plan to obtain 1,000 new homes through acquisitions, renovations and "shovel ready" projects for the City's Housing and People Action Plan.


2a - Motion to Amend Item (Additional) moved by Councillor Ana Bail„o (Carried)

That:

 

1. City Council direct the Executive Director, Housing Secretariat and the General Manager, Shelter, Support and Housing Administration to report to the October 20, 2020 meeting of the Planning and Housing Committee on a plan shift future capital and operating funding from shelters to create permanent supportive housing and to include the plan as part of the 2021 Capital and Operating Budget submission.

 
2. City Council direct the Executive Director, Housing Secretariat, in consultation with the Executive Director, Corporate Real Estate Management, the General Manager, Shelter, Support and Housing Administration and CreateTO to develop an affordable housing acquisitions strategy to support the City's COVID-19 Housing and Homelessness Recovery Response Plan, and to report back to the October 20, 2020 meeting of the Planning and Housing Committee with recommendations to activate the strategy to take advantage of the federal Rapid Housing Initiative and ensure that the City is well-positioned to move quickly to acquire properties for people experiencing homelessness.


2b - Motion to Amend Item (Additional) moved by Councillor Ana Bail„o (Carried)

That City Council direct the General Manager, Shelter, Support and Housing Administration, to consult with the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing and the Ministry of Finance on opportunities to improve the customer service experience for both applicants and recipients of all Provincially funded and administered housing allowance programs.


3 - Motion to Adopt Item as Amended moved by Councillor Ana Bail„o (Carried)

Vote (Adopt Item as Amended) Sep-22-2020

Result: Carried Majority Required
Total members that voted Yes: 6 Members that voted Yes are Ana Bail„o (Chair), Brad Bradford, Paula Fletcher, Jennifer McKelvie, Gord Perks, Kristyn Wong-Tam
Total members that voted No: 0 Members that voted No are
Total members that were Absent: 0 Members that were absent are
Source: Toronto City Clerk at www.toronto.ca/council