Shelter Infrastructure & Service Improvement
New shelter developments are opening and this space is where residents can find information about local initiatives as Community Liaison Committees are established to help integrate new services into communities across the city.
Toronto needs new shelters to satisfy increasing demand across the city. The closure of existing sites because of property sales, state of good repair issues, as well as the planned redevelopment of Seaton House (the nation’s largest men’s shelter) into a spectacular facility on George Street dedicated to vulnerable seniors are key drivers for new shelter space.
Thirteen new shelters are expected to open over the next few years; one opened in 2016, one in 2017, four are expected to open in 2018, three in 2019, and four others with target dates yet to be established.
Siting new shelters has never been easy and City Council adopted a new community engagement process to help. As well, several other improvements in the siting process are underway. The development and piloting of a new service model will also help integrate shelters into new communities.
Please check this section often because new materials are being added as new locations and services are initiated.