Homelessness has a devastating impact on Toronto. More than 30,000 women, men and children crowd into the city’s homeless shelters annually. Many thousands more sleep on the streets or join the ranks of the “hidden homeless”. There are about 70,000 households on Toronto’s social housing waiting list. And, on the brink of homelessness, are 150,000 households paying more than half their income on shelter. Homelessness and insecure housing are triggering a health crisis: the lack of safe, affordable housing leads to increased illness and premature death. (The Blueprint To End Homelessness In Toronto, 2014). On any given night 1,500 – 2,000 youth in Toronto are homeless – or three out of every 100 youth. The longer youth remain homeless, the worse their health and life chances become. Youth often leave terrible circumstances beyond their control: 65% come from families with substance abuse problems and 90% have experienced abuse and poverty. (Facts provided by ‘Youth Without Shelter‘)
See links below to recent reports on homelessness in Toronto:
Queen West is committed to providing services to this community and to increasing public awareness about issues of homelessness and its impact on health. If you would like a presentation or more information please call (416) 703-8482 ext. 2333.