If you've ever wondered what homeless shelters look like or what they do, take a closer look at the shelters the City or Toronto runs for men, women and families with children.
The ten shelters that the City operates are part of a larger shelter system that provides more than 5,000 emergency beds in 62 shelter locations and through motel programs for families. The 2015 City of Toronto Infrastructure and Service Improvement Plan for the Emergency Shelter System called for the opening of up to 15 new shelters over the next few years to address both occupancy and relocation pressures on existing shelters. City staff responded with a search for appropriate new locations, an undertaking that is especially challenging in Toronto's current real estate market. Some of those shelters are now under development or soon to be opened. These service improvement plans are especially urgent given the current high rates of occupancy and the transition plan that is essential to realization of George Street Revitalization (GSR). This project will see Seaton House demolished and replaced by an innovative centre consisting of long-term care, emergency shelter for men, assisted living, affordable housing, and a community-focused service hub.