Homeless seniors doubled in four years: Toronto study

Date: August 2, 2013 Author: Mantis System Categories: Latest News
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Although the number of people sleeping outside has risen, 93% of the city’s homeless population say they want permanent housing. According to a report by the City of Toronto titled '2013 Street Needs Assessment', "The share of seniors in the homeless population has more than doubled since 2009... those aged 51 and above represent 29.1% of the homeless population, compared to 19.6% four years ago." Sadly this number will only continue to increase; social housing is not adequately funded to effectively accommodate this aging community.

Read the Toronto Star article here

 

On Thursday August 2nd, David Reycraft, Director of Homelessness and Housing Services at Dixon Hall, joined Metro Morning's Matt Galloway to discuss the results of the report.  

Listen to the interview here, courtesy of Metro Morning.