The chronically homeless, those who are homeless for six months or more within the past year, are the hardest to house as they are often also dealing with other issues such as addictions and mental health. A person of no fixed address faces major barriers to finding a primary physician, social support, or keeping in touch with family.
Toronto has a shortage of affordable housing. Many individuals experiencing homelessness rely on temporary shelters, emergency services or a friend’s hospitality. Others live “rough” in the city’s parks, ravines, and alleys.
Finding a safe, affordable place to live can be difficult. Homes First is here to help.
Cost of Homelessness**
*2018 Streets Needs Assessment, City of Toronto. The Street Needs Assessment is a needs assessment survey and point-in time count of people experiencing homelessness in Toronto. The results provide a snapshot of the scope and profile of the City’s homeless population. During the course of the night, a 23 core question survey was completed with more than 2,000 individuals experiencing homelessness staying in shelters.
** Infographic taken from the Homes First 2018 Annual Report.