Update on the 2950-2970 Lake Shore Boulevard West Proposed Shelter
In response to the motion I moved at City Council in July the City's Shelter, Support, and Housing Administration (SSHA) staff have been reviewing the possibility of developing 2950-2970 Lake Shore Boulevard West into permanent, affordable supportive housing rather than a homeless shelter. Supportive Housing provides longer term accommodations to people facing chronic homelessness, and is the most effective way to assist individuals move from homelessness to homes.
I have had many meetings with SSHA staff over the last few weeks, and we are working together to determine the best way to use this space to help people, while making the most effective use of the tools that our community already has to offer. This would be an exciting opportunity for the New Toronto community to be involved in this new approach to providing better solutions to homelessness for vulnerable residents by developing permanent supportive housing rather than temporary emergency shelter.
This suggested shift comes as part of a report on the City's Interim Shelter Recovery and Infrastructure Implementation Plan, which will go before the Economic and Community Development Committee on October 14 followed by City Council at the end of October. If the recommendation to shift from investment in 1,000 new shelter beds to supportive housing is approved through this report, the proposed shelter at 2950-2970 Lake Shore Boulevard West could be considered for affordable, supportive housing. You can read the full report here.
The review is being conducted by third party Consultant, Hilditch Architect Inc. If deemed feasible, Shelter, Support and Housing Administration will work with the Housing Secretariat to develop a proposal for this site and report back to Planning and Housing Committee at the appropriate time with further details on implementation.