In May of 2023, Toronto City Council officially declared homelessness an emergency. This crisis has been decades in the making. A long-term trend of population growing faster than the housing supply, coupled with recent inflation and rising interest rates, has had a disproportionate impact on major cities.
As more and more Torontonians are pushed out of the city due to a lack of affordable housing, our unhoused population grows. The result: unprecedented rates of homelessness, and increased demand for social housing, shelter services and other support services that simply can’t keep up.