The City of Toronto recently approved a motion to introduce 1,000 shelter beds over the next three years. An amendment was added by Coun. Kristen Wong-Tam to expedite the process if suitable shelter sites are identified sooner. This vote was bitter-sweet for many folks, as we finally had city councillors recognize what front line staff, advocates and service users have been voicing for several years: that we are in the midst of a critical shelter crisis.

Unfortunately, this motion and recognition does not go far enough to address the dire circumstances we are in both in the short-term and the long-term.