In Toronto:

  • Estimated number of homeless people sleeping outdoors and in emergency shelters is over 5,000 and steadily on the increase
  • Homeless population is 1.8 times higher than in 2013 and 32% identify as having a mental health issue.
  • Over 15,000 people are waiting on the centralized waiting list for supportive housing. 52% of these individuals have no fixed address and live with a persistent and serious mental illness
  • 21% increase in general hospital emergency visits by people with mental illness
  • Shelter occupancy rates have been consistently over the capacity rate of 90%
  • Affordability gap continues to expand
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