Solving Homelessness Together

Quick facts about homelessness and social housing in Toronto


Estimated number of homeless people sleeping outdoors and in emergency shelters, Violence Against Women shelters, and in health and correctional facilities in Toronto. Estimate from the 2013 Street Needs Assessment. About the same as in 2009. Next survey is in 2018.


Estimated number of people sleeping rough in April 2013.


Percentage of all homeless who are men. 85 per cent of outdoor homeless are men.


Percentage of homeless people reporting experience in the Canadian military.


Percentage of outdoor homeless who self-identify as Aboriginal. 16 per cent of all homeless identify as Aboriginal; One per cent of the general population in Toronto identifies as Aboriginal.


Percentage of those staying in youth shelters identifying as part of the LGBTQ2S community.


Percentage of the homeless population aged 51 or older. Share of seniors has more than doubled in four years.


Number of men, women and children using the emergency shelter system on an average night in May 2017; this is 17.5 per cent higher than May 2016.


Percentage increase in number of refugees (mostly families) seeking shelter services over the course of 2016. Those citing “refugee” as reason for service accounted for most of the 2016 rise in demand.


Percentage of homeless people who want a permanent home.


Percentage of homeless people saying that what they really need to end their homelessness is help to pay Toronto's high rents.


Average private market rent for a bachelor apartment in Toronto (Fall 2015).


Average private market rent for a two bedroom apartment in Toronto (Fall 2015).


Overall vacancy rate for private market rentals in Toronto (Fall 2016).


Ontario Works total monthly allowance for a single adult (Fall 2016).


Ontario Works total monthly allowance for a two-adult family with two children (Fall 2016).


Percentage of Toronto renter households paying more than 30 per cent of pre-tax income on rent. Almost half of Toronto households rent.


Number of social housing units in Toronto (As of 2017, all programs are under administration by the
City of Toronto).


Approximate number of rent-geared-to-income units where rents are set at 30 per cent of household income.


Number of people on the centralized waiting list for rent-geared-to-income (RGI) units as of July 31, 2016.


Average number of years an applicant on the chronological list waits to be housed in a two bedroom apartment*

*Priority applications rank higher than households on the chronological waiting list and include victims of domestic violence and terminally ill applicants. Disadvantaged include homeless applicants and separated families with a child in care of the Children's Aid Society


Monthly cost of a single shelter bed and services in Toronto.


Monthly cost of subsidizing each unit of Toronto’s social housing.
SOURCES: City of Toronto 2017 budget analyst notes for Shelter, Support and Housing Administration, Ministry of Community and Social Services, 2013 Street Needs Assessment results, Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, and Housing Connections.