The recommendation comes as staff are having a very difficult time finding sites for new shelters, with direction from council to open 1,000 new beds by 2020.

In 2018, staff identified 379 potential sites for new shelters, but only 11 made the shortlist after sites were ruled out for various reasons. Of the sites, more than 50 were ruled out because of zoning restrictions alone, staff reported Wednesday. Other reasons include price and landlords unwilling to agree to shelter use.

“The results of the recent site search undertaken by the city outlines the difficulty in locating and securing sites for municipal shelter uses,” the report from city planning staff says.