Coronavirus: City says temporary homeless shelters in downtown Toronto will be vacated this week


TORONTO – The City of Toronto has announced that two downtown apartment buildings that have been rented to the city in recent months as emergency housing for the homeless will be fully vacated this week.Since May, the twin apartment buildings on Broadway Avenue have housed up to 150 former homeless people as part of the city’s plan to slow the spread of COVID-19 in the shelter system.

Read more:
Residents living near Toronto shelters are upset over city’s lack of consultation

As part of the rental agreement with the developer, these residents had to move because the buildings are being prepared for demolition.

Protests over suspected security concerns near the buildings and a nearby hotel that has also been converted into a shelter have sparked tensions in the area over the past month.

Read more:
‘Basically warehouses:’ downtown Toronto shelters not supported, advocates say

Critics say there has been an increase in crime in the area, although police have not confirmed this.

In response to the complaints, the city proposed a number of new measures, including 24-hour security and mental health and addictions support.

© 2020 The Canadian Press


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here