Item - 2021.CC34.1

Tracking Status

  • City Council adopted this item on June 8, 2021 with amendments.

CC34.1 - COVID-19 Response Update: Protecting People Experiencing Homelessness and Ensuring the Safety of the Shelter System

Decision Type:
ACTION
Status:
Amended
Wards:
All

City Council Decision

City Council on June 8 and 9, 2021, adopted the following:

 

1.  City Council reiterate its request to the Federal and Provincial Government to urgently provide one-time capital and ongoing operating funding to fully implement the 24-month Housing and Homelessness Recovery Plan by the end of 2022, including funding for the remaining 2,460 permanent housing opportunities, comprised of 1,460 supportive housing units and funding for 1,000 portable housing benefits.

 

2.  City Council request the Provincial Government to continue to prioritize vaccine supply for shelter clients and frontline staff, including expediting second doses for these vulnerable groups.

 

3.  City Council direct the City Manager to work with Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area municipalities, community partners and institutions to request the Provincial Government to establish a coordinated approach to create supportive housing based on a social medicine model which integrates affordable housing with health care and a range of social services to help people successfully exit homelessness, acknowledging that affordable housing with wraparound supports plays a critical role in reducing chronic homelessness and addressing systemic issues faced by vulnerable and marginalized groups.

 

4. City Council adopt a goal of zero encampments.

 

5.  City Council adopt a goal of ending chronic homelessness.

 

6.  City Council reiterate its commitment to taking a housing first and human rights approach to housing those experiencing homelessness and ensuring that City staff develop and implement a response consistent with the findings of the Faulkner Inquest, specifically as it relates to the health and safety of those currently living in encampments.

 

7.  City Council direct staff to continue to take appropriate steps to reduce risks of COVID-19 in the shelter system.

 

8.  City Council direct staff to continue to take all steps necessary to achieve a high rate of vaccination for people experiencing homelessness. 

 

9.  City Council direct staff to continue working with those living in encampments to offer safe indoor space.

 

10.  City Council direct staff to work with encampment residents to develop and activate individual and culturally appropriate housing plans on an accelerated basis regardless of whether an encampment resident accepts a placement in an “indoor space”.

 

11.  City Council direct the City Manager to review the emergency shelter and COVID-response hotel program to ensure it is as hospitable as possible for homeless residents, minimizes denial of service and creates a sense of community while maintaining Infection Prevention and Control protocols to protect against COVID outbreaks.

 

12.  City Council direct staff to survey supportive housing agencies in Toronto to determine whether any supportive housing residents within their dedicated supportive housing buildings are no longer in need of supports and, with the appropriate housing benefit, would be interested in moving to other rental accommodation, thereby freeing up supportive housing for individuals on the waiting list or in need of supportive housing such as those in encampments.

 

13.  City Council direct staff to report to the September 21, 2021 meeting of the Planning and Housing Committee on the potential new supportive housing opportunities by providing affordable housing pathways for residents in existing supportive housing and new housing opportunities for residents in need of supportive housing.

 

14. City Council direct the General Manager, Shelter, Support and Housing Administration, in consultation with the General Manager, Parks, Forestry and Recreation, to distribute, whenever possible, water to encampment residents and rotate the HTO To Go water trailers to various parks to ensure that free-of-charge tap water is safely available to all park visitors.

City Council Decision Advice and Other Information

City Council considered Items CC34.1 and GL23.13 together.

Background Information (City Council)

(June 1, 2021) Report from the City Manager on COVID-19 Response Update: Protecting People Experiencing Homelessness and Ensuring the Safety of the Shelter System and Attachments 1 to 3 (CC34.1)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2021/cc/bgrd/backgroundfile-167471.pdf

Communications (City Council)

(June 7, 2021) Letter from Kira Heineck, Executive Director, Toronto Alliance to End Homelessness (CC.New)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2021/cc/comm/communicationfile-132610.pdf
(June 4, 2021) Submission from Diana Chan McNally, Training and Engagement Coordinator, Toronto Drop-in Network (CC.New)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2021/cc/comm/communicationfile-132662.pdf

Motions (City Council)

1 - Motion to Amend Item (Additional) moved by Councillor Josh Matlow (Lost)

That City Council request the General Manager, Shelter, Support and Housing Administration to report to the September 30 and October 1, 2021 meeting of City Council on the feasibility of the following improvements to shelter operations:

 

a.  a review of existing advisory groups to Shelter, Support and Housing Administration and establish an advisory committee of current and past shelter clients to provide advice to improve shelter operations for clients;

 

b.  a review of existing shelter and respite standards and operational practices to further enhance opportunities to provide a more welcoming environment, including, but not limited to, allowing food in room; 

 

c. a review of policies that restrict shelter access, including service restrictions, for reasons that are not direct threats to the health and safety of clients or staff, provide support to help clients meet shelter expectations, and ensure that restrictions are reviewed centrally to ensure transparency and accountability;

 

d. that clients are able to meet with a housing and health care worker within the first week of arrival to understand their needs and develop a housing and health care plan;

 

e. independent audits of shelter operations to ensure the city’s shelter and respite policies are followed and that clients are regularly surveyed regarding their access to housing and health supports, and for feedback upon discharge;

 

f.  to ensure that clients are able to sleep and have privacy by reviewing and providing guidance on how to conduct “bed-checks” in a manner that respects client dignity and privacy while ensuring effective shelter operations;

 

g. to provide supports to ensure nutritious meals are available for clients; and

 

h. to affirm and ensure that the City’s policy to not permit strangers to be placed in a shared room together in shelter hotels and that clients have eligible possessions put in storage is adhered to and communicated to relevant stakeholders.

Vote (Amend Item (Additional)) Jun-08-2021 3:32 PM

Result: Lost Majority Required - CC34.1 - Matlow - motion 1
Total members that voted Yes: 10 Members that voted Yes are Paul Ainslie, Shelley Carroll, Joe Cressy, John Filion, Paula Fletcher, Mike Layton, Josh Matlow, Gord Perks, Anthony Perruzza, Kristyn Wong-Tam
Total members that voted No: 16 Members that voted No are Ana Bail„o, Brad Bradford, Mike Colle, Gary Crawford, Michael Ford, Mark Grimes, Stephen Holyday, Cynthia Lai, Nick Mantas, Jennifer McKelvie, Denzil Minnan-Wong, Frances Nunziata (Chair), James Pasternak, Jaye Robinson, Michael Thompson, John Tory
Total members that were Absent: 0 Members that were absent are

2 - Motion to Amend Item (Additional) moved by Councillor Mike Layton (Amended)

That:

 

1.  City Council reiterate its commitment to taking a housing first and human rights approach to housing those experiencing homelessness and ensuring that City staff develop and implement a response consistent with the findings of the Faulkner Inquest, specifically as it relates to the health and safety of those currently living in encampments.

 

2.  City Council direct the City Manager to develop a strategy, in consultation with relevant staff, organizations serving the homeless population and focused on the right to housing and, most importantly, residents with lived experience of homelessness, in order to engage in a collaborative approach to providing safe indoor shelter and housing opportunities for residents of encampments that ensures the safety and dignity of encampment residents and frontline staff.

 

3.  City Council request the City Manager to consider a third-party facilitator familiar with housing and homelessness to support the process in Recommendation 2 above.

 

4.  City Council request the City Manager to report to the September 21, 2021 meeting of the Planning and Housing Committee on the progress towards establishing a Housing Commissioner for the City of Toronto, as outlined in the HousingTO 2020-2030 Action Plan.

 

Part 2 of motion 2 by Councillor Layton did not carry.

Part 3 of motion 2 by Councillor Layton was ruled redundant as Part 2 did not carry.

Part 4 of motion 2 by Councillor Layton was ruled out of order.

Vote (Amend Item (Additional)) Jun-08-2021 3:37 PM

Result: Carried Majority Required - CC34.1 - Layton - motion 2 Part 1 only
Total members that voted Yes: 24 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, Stephen Holyday, Cynthia Lai, Mike Layton, Nick Mantas, Josh Matlow, Jennifer McKelvie, James Pasternak, Gord Perks, Anthony Perruzza, Jaye Robinson, Michael Thompson, John Tory, Kristyn Wong-Tam
Total members that voted No: 1 Members that voted No are Frances Nunziata (Chair)
Total members that were Absent: 1 Members that were absent are Denzil Minnan-Wong

Vote (Amend Item (Additional)) Jun-08-2021 3:39 PM

Result: Carried Majority Required - CC34.1 - Layton - motion 2 Part 1 only - REVOTE
Total members that voted Yes: 25 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, Stephen Holyday, Cynthia Lai, Mike Layton, Nick Mantas, Josh Matlow, Jennifer McKelvie, Frances Nunziata (Chair), James Pasternak, Gord Perks, Anthony Perruzza, Jaye Robinson, Michael Thompson, John Tory, Kristyn Wong-Tam
Total members that voted No: 0 Members that voted No are
Total members that were Absent: 1 Members that were absent are Denzil Minnan-Wong

Vote (Amend Item (Additional)) Jun-08-2021 3:42 PM

Result: Lost Majority Required - CC34.1 - Layton - motion 2 Part 2 only
Total members that voted Yes: 9 Members that voted Yes are Shelley Carroll, Joe Cressy, John Filion, Paula Fletcher, Mike Layton, Josh Matlow, Gord Perks, Anthony Perruzza, Kristyn Wong-Tam
Total members that voted No: 17 Members that voted No are Paul Ainslie, Ana Bail„o, Brad Bradford, Mike Colle, Gary Crawford, Michael Ford, Mark Grimes, Stephen Holyday, Cynthia Lai, Nick Mantas, Jennifer McKelvie, Denzil Minnan-Wong, Frances Nunziata (Chair), James Pasternak, Jaye Robinson, Michael Thompson, John Tory
Total members that were Absent: 0 Members that were absent are
Ruling by Speaker Frances Nunziata (Upheld)
Speaker Nunziata ruled Part 4 of motion 2 by Councillor Layton out of order as City Council had voted on a similar proposition at the February 18, 2021 special Council meeting.
Challenged by Councillor Gord Perks

Ruling by Speaker Frances Nunziata
Speaker Nunziata ruled Part 3 of motion 2 by Councillor Layton redundant as Part 2 of motion 2 by Councillor Layton did not carry.


Motion to Reconsider Vote moved by Councillor Mike Layton (Carried)

That in accordance with the provisions of Chapter 27, Council Procedures, City Council reconsider the vote on Part 1 of motion 2 by Councillor Layton.


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

That:

 

1.  City Council direct staff to work with encampment residents to develop and activate individual and culturally appropriate housing plans on an accelerated basis regardless of whether an encampment resident accepts a placement in an “indoor space”.

 

2.  City Council direct staff to survey supportive housing agencies in Toronto to determine whether any supportive housing residents within their dedicated supportive housing buildings are no longer in need of supports and, with the appropriate housing benefit, would be interested in moving to other rental accommodation, thereby freeing up supportive housing for individuals on the waiting list or in need of supportive housing such as those in encampments.

 

3.  City Council direct staff to report to the September 21, 2021 meeting of the Planning and Housing Committee on the potential new supportive housing opportunities by providing affordable housing pathways for residents in existing supportive housing and new housing opportunities for residents in need of supportive housing.

Vote (Amend Item (Additional)) Jun-08-2021 3:44 PM

Result: Carried Majority Required - CC34.1 - Bail„o - motion 3
Total members that voted Yes: 24 Members that voted Yes are Paul Ainslie, Ana Bail„o, Brad Bradford, Shelley Carroll, Mike Colle, Gary Crawford, Joe Cressy, John Filion, Paula Fletcher, Mark Grimes, Stephen Holyday, Cynthia Lai, Mike Layton, Nick Mantas, Josh Matlow, Jennifer McKelvie, Frances Nunziata (Chair), James Pasternak, Gord Perks, Anthony Perruzza, Jaye Robinson, Michael Thompson, John Tory, Kristyn Wong-Tam
Total members that voted No: 2 Members that voted No are Michael Ford, Denzil Minnan-Wong
Total members that were Absent: 0 Members that were absent are

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

That City Council direct the General Manager, Shelter, Support and Housing Administration, in consultation with the General Manager, Parks, Forestry and Recreation, to distribute, whenever possible, water to encampment residents and rotate the HTO To Go water trailers to various parks to ensure that free-of-charge tap water is safely available to all park visitors.

Vote (Amend Item (Additional)) Jun-08-2021 3:47 PM

Result: Carried Majority Required - CC34.1 - Wong-Tam - motion 4
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, Nick Mantas, Jennifer McKelvie, Frances Nunziata (Chair), James Pasternak, Gord Perks, Anthony Perruzza, Jaye Robinson, John Tory, Kristyn Wong-Tam
Total members that voted No: 3 Members that voted No are Stephen Holyday, Denzil Minnan-Wong, Michael Thompson
Total members that were Absent: 1 Members that were absent are Josh Matlow

5 - Motion to Amend Item (Additional) moved by Councillor Stephen Holyday (Carried)

That City Council adopt a goal of zero encampments.

Vote (Amend Item (Additional)) Jun-08-2021 3:48 PM

Result: Carried Majority Required - CC34.1 - Holyday - motion 5
Total members that voted Yes: 18 Members that voted Yes are Ana Bail„o, Brad Bradford, Shelley Carroll, Gary Crawford, John Filion, Michael Ford, Mark Grimes, Stephen Holyday, Cynthia Lai, Nick Mantas, Jennifer McKelvie, Denzil Minnan-Wong, Frances Nunziata (Chair), James Pasternak, Jaye Robinson, Michael Thompson, John Tory, Kristyn Wong-Tam
Total members that voted No: 7 Members that voted No are Paul Ainslie, Mike Colle, Joe Cressy, Paula Fletcher, Mike Layton, Gord Perks, Anthony Perruzza
Total members that were Absent: 1 Members that were absent are Josh Matlow

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

That City Council adopt a goal of ending chronic homelessness.

Vote (Amend Item (Additional)) Jun-08-2021 3:49 PM

Result: Carried Majority Required - CC34.1 - Cressy - motion 6
Total members that voted Yes: 26 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, Stephen Holyday, Cynthia Lai, Mike Layton, Nick Mantas, Josh Matlow, Jennifer McKelvie, Denzil Minnan-Wong, Frances Nunziata (Chair), James Pasternak, Gord Perks, Anthony Perruzza, Jaye Robinson, Michael Thompson, John Tory, 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

7 - Motion to Amend Item (Additional) moved by Councillor Michael Thompson (Carried)

That City Council direct the City Manager to review the emergency shelter and COVID-response hotel program to ensure it is as hospitable as possible for homeless residents, minimizes denial of service and creates a sense of community while maintaining Infection Prevention and Control protocols to protect against COVID outbreaks.

Vote (Amend Item (Additional)) Jun-08-2021 3:51 PM

Result: Carried Majority Required - CC34.1 - Thompson - motion 7
Total members that voted Yes: 26 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, Stephen Holyday, Cynthia Lai, Mike Layton, Nick Mantas, Josh Matlow, Jennifer McKelvie, Denzil Minnan-Wong, Frances Nunziata (Chair), James Pasternak, Gord Perks, Anthony Perruzza, Jaye Robinson, Michael Thompson, John Tory, 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

Motion to Adopt Item as Amended (Carried)

Vote (Adopt Item as Amended) Jun-08-2021 3:52 PM

Result: Carried Majority Required - CC34.1 - Adopt the Item as amended
Total members that voted Yes: 26 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, Stephen Holyday, Cynthia Lai, Mike Layton, Nick Mantas, Josh Matlow, Jennifer McKelvie, Denzil Minnan-Wong, Frances Nunziata (Chair), James Pasternak, Gord Perks, Anthony Perruzza, Jaye Robinson, Michael Thompson, John Tory, 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

Point of Order by Councillor Gord Perks

Councillor Perks, on a Point of Order, stated that Councillor Cressy had remarked that he attempted to amend motion 5 by Councillor Holyday but was advised by the Clerk that by substituting the word "encampments" with the word "homelessness" it would be out of order.  Councillor Perks further stated that he wanted to confirm that changing that word would be contrary to Councillor Holyday's amendment.

Ruling by Speaker Frances Nunziata
Speaker Nunziata accepted the Point of Order and ruled that Councillor Cressy's motion is a separate motion and asked the City Clerk to respond.

The City Clerk advised that the issue is not on the substance of the motion, but the deletion and replacement of the term, and that procedurally, the amendment was contrary to the Member's original intent. The City Clerk advised that if Council does not support the motion, the option is to vote against it. The City Clerk further advised that both motions can stand.


Point of Order by Councillor Stephen Holyday

Councillor Holyday, on a Point of Order, stated that he would like to know if both propositions can be voted on.

Ruling by Speaker Frances Nunziata
Speaker Nunziata accepted the Point of Order and ruled that both motions can be voted on and asked the City Clerk to respond.

The City Clerk advised Council that the proposed amendment was not contrary in the grammatical or definition sense but contrary to the intent of the mover.


Point of Order by Councillor Michael Thompson

Councillor Thompson, on a Point of Order, stated that his vote screen shows Part 1 of motion 2 but Council is voting on Part 2.

Ruling by Speaker Frances Nunziata
Speaker Nunziata accepted the Point of Order and ruled that Council was voting on Part 2 of motion 2.


Point of Order by Deputy Mayor Denzil Minnan-Wong

Deputy Mayor Minnan-Wong, on a Point of Order, asked if Part 3 of motion 2 by Councillor Layton was redundant.

Ruling by Speaker Frances Nunziata
Speaker Nunziata accepted the Point of Order and ruled that Part 3 of motion 2 by Councillor Layton was redundant, as Part 2 of the motion had not carried.

Source: Toronto City Clerk at www.toronto.ca/council