City Councillor Joe Cressy has unveiled plans for a city homeless shelter in Toronto’s wealthy Annex area, after lining up two of the neighbourhood’s most prominent residents to show their support.

City officials say they are in talks to buy a four-storey building on Davenport Road near Dupont Street and plan to turn it into a 90-bed shelter – one of several new facilities the city is scrambling to set up to alleviate crowding in its shelter system.

On Thursday, Mr. Cressy announced the plans at City Hall while flanked by former governor-general Adrienne Clarkson. He also read a message of support from author Margaret Atwood, who he said was in Britain and unable to attend in person.