Here you will find major staff reports and current research on homelessness trends and service use.
In December 2020, City Council approved a staff report which outlines a plan for the City to accelerate the creation of 1,248 permanent affordable homes with support services within 12 months. At the time of the approval funding for support services for 1,098 homes still needed to be secured.
On April 7, the Province announced $15.4 million in operating funding for 2021 dedicated to supportive housing in Toronto. With this funding, the City will be able to fully fund the previously unfunded 1,098 supportive housing opportunities which will be ready for occupancy this year.
The following provides updates on the creation of new supportive housing, including the number of units with confirmed provincial funding for support services.
On April 26, 2018 the City conducted its fourth Street Needs Assessment (SNA). Over the course of the night, volunteers and City staff conducted a 23-question survey with more than 2,000 individuals experiencing homelessness in various circumstances, including those outdoors in public city spaces, those in emergency and transitional shelters (including Violence Against Women shelters administered by the Province), and 24-hour respite sites. The City also collected occupancy data of those people identified as experiencing homelessness from health and treatment and correctional facilities. The SNA includes individuals experiencing absolute homelessness (indoor and outdoor), but does not capture the hidden homeless population (often referred to as “couch surfing”, this can also describe people who are staying with relatives, friends, neighbours or strangers).
The findings from the 2018 Street Needs Assessment show that the number of people experiencing homelessness has increased since 2013. This is consistent with the increasing pressures on the emergency shelter system over the past year.
Based on 2018 SNA results, recommendations to further enhance services to meet the specific needs of different populations experiencing homelessness will be included in future staff reports once Council is in session in 2019, and will be critical to informing the development of the City’s new ten-year Housing Opportunities Toronto plan and Shelter, Support and Housing Administration’s new five-year service plan.
These recommendations will build on current work already underway to respond to homelessness, including:
Longer-term, permanent housing remains the best approach to reduce homelessness. Housing First aims to reduce the number of people becoming homeless, increase people moving into housing and provide the supports needed for them to remain housed.
These resources outline tips, protocols and practices that Shelter, Support and Housing Administration staff should follow when engaging with Indigenous partners and communities in keeping with the Meeting in the Middle Engagement Strategy and Action Plan, co-created with the Indigenous Community Advisory Board and the Toronto Aboriginal Support Services Council.
Toronto has a network of almost 2,400 laneways that stretch over 300km throughout some of Toronto’s most desirable, walkable, transit-oriented neighborhoods. Architects, planners and urbanists have long considered laneways an untapped resource for infill housing.
The Laneway Suites report proposes a new vision for laneway housing, which recognizes detached secondary suites, including laneways suites, as non-severable and ancillary to the principal dwelling.
Toronto has submitted its proposals to the federal government’s National Housing Strategy consultation. Taking Action on Housing speaks to the housing crisis in Toronto and across the country that has engulfed so many – from seniors to young professionals to vulnerable persons.
The federal government has released a Summary Report of what it heard during consultations.
The City’s Private Sector Housing Roundtable propose the City pursue a strategy which would “reset” a number of City housing policies and more strongly engage the federal and provincial governments in investing in affordable housing.
Home ownership is a widely-accepted way to build equity and ensure one’s housing quality, yet it is out of reach for many Toronto households. This study examines the impact of federal and provincial investments and the work of the City of Toronto’s Affordable Housing Office, in partnership with non-profit housing providers, to facilitate affordable home ownership, between 2006 and 2011.
Subsidized Housing Waiting List Data: Quarterly reports showing data related to the centralized waiting list for subsidized housing (also called rent-geared-to-income housing) administered by the City of Toronto.
Learn more about subsidized housing or rent-geared-to-income housing.