Toronto has 2,500 people living in hotel shelters. What happens when those leases expire?

The city will unveil two long-term housing and shelter plans this month, as anxiety mounts among some hotel occupants who fear a return to older, dorm...

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NorthBayBetty
NorthBayBetty
86 · 9 days ago · Reddit

“The shelter system will never return to what it was before the pandemic. We will never be cramming people into dorm-style buildings and bunk beds. That just won’t be appropriate.”

This is Toronto we live in. I will take this bet.

backlight101
backlight101
68 · 9 days ago · Reddit

When the leases expire Toronto tax payers get to foot the bill for all the renovations that will be required to bring the buildings back to to their pre-existing condition.

NanoScaleMoney
NanoScaleMoney
34 · 9 days ago · Reddit

People are only interested in short term solutions because they are unwilling to have difficult conversations to implement long term, sustainable solutions.

MozTS
MozTS
20 · 9 days ago · Reddit

Based on /r/​toronto feelings about the homeless I imagine some kind of extermination labour camp or an uber sponsored bloodsport of some kind

imnotgayimjustsayin
imnotgayimjustsayin
18 · 9 days ago · Reddit

The homeless problem has become a bigger problem because the quality of life for your average citizen has been plummeting through covid. That's the elephant in the room. The elites want an omnipresent homeless community to remind us to go back to our shitty jobs where we make them record profits.

quelar
quelar
18 · 9 days ago · Reddit

Back to the parks, as has always been the end result here.

We will spend 10'0's of millions to put them in hotels, pay police to move them out of parks, jail them for infractions, pay police not to respond to petty crimes, yet in all this we don't do a damned thing to deal with the root problems.

Someone like Ford or Tory will then go on about how our social services have failed us again and only funding to private interests can solve the problem and then push for further defunding of social services.

And all this time a few hundred thousand off the police budget and we could have at least tried something else.

Freudian-Slip93
Freudian-Slip93
17 · 9 days ago · Reddit

Many of them don’t take up the resources and opportunities provided to them - it’s only continuing to make our communities unsafe.

LZBUM
LZBUM
14 · 9 days ago · Reddit

Currently, the city says all its hotel shelters have leases inked until the end of 2021, with most willing to extend into the spring. The city’s 2022 shelter infrastructure plan and three-year shelter and housing plan are expected to go before a city hall committee later in October, as anxiety mounts among Toronto’s more than 2,500 shelter hotel occupants, with some worrying they’ll be funnelled into older shelters when the leases expire.

The city has bought one hotel shelter to convert into supportive housing — moving its residents in the meantime to another temporary shelter nearby — and has proposed to buy two more.

During COVID-19, hotel rooms were seen to offer better infection control than traditional shelters, as well as what sector workers say is a more dignified living arrangement. Having individual rooms does come with challenges — such as the risk of someone using substances overdosing alone, said David Reycraft, housing services director for Dixon Hall, which runs the shelter program at the Bond.

But he believes the hotel shelters have shown the value in offering people spaces of their own, with a door to close behind them, while trying to help them get back onto their feet.

“The shelter system will never return to what it was before the pandemic. We will never be cramming people into dorm-style buildings and bunk beds. That just won’t be appropriate.”

cashtornado
cashtornado
11 · 9 days ago · Reddit

I was talking to a guy who works in social services the other day. Apparently some homeless people will actually pitch a tent in their hotel room.

Watermelon-Felon
Watermelon-Felon
10 · 9 days ago · Reddit

UNPOPULAR OPINION ALERT so our taxes are gonna be used to house junkies in former luxury hotels

GrumpyCanadiens
GrumpyCanadiens
5 · 9 days ago · Reddit

They’ll live in parks and spend your property taxes on overtime for the 905 to evict them.