When the crisis started, City of Toronto staff worked non-stop creating distance in the shelter system and managed to open and operationalize more than 30 temporary facilities, on top of the 75 shelters and respite sites that the City and its partners operate. The result of their hard work has moved 3,500 people from existing crowded spaces into the new sites as well as permanent housing.
- Moved more than 600 people from 43 encampments to inside safe spaces including interim housing, hotels and shelters which offer physical distanced accommodations and include supports like meals, programming and housing case management
- At least 180 people have been staying at encampments in and around Moss Park and outreach included offers to coordinate transportation to accommodation for individuals.
- Since mid-March, the City has moved more than 1,300 people experiencing homelessness into permanent housing, through housing allowances and rent-geared-to-income units.
- Established two first-of-its-kind in Canada recovery and isolation facilities for individuals experiencing homelessness who tested positive for COVID-19 where they could safely recover with wrap-around medical care.