MORE HOMELESS THIS SUMMER

Graeme Bacque (gbacque@arcos.org)
Sat, 09 May 1998 09:41:13 -0400


May 9, 1998  The Toronto Sun

  MORE HOMELESS THIS SUMMER,
  LAYTON PREDICTS

              By DON WANAGAS -- City Hall Bureau
    Toronto faces "a long, hot summer of homelessness" because its
  hostels and shelters are jammed to capacity, Councillor Jack Layton
  says.
   Layton said 600 relief beds that were available during the winter are

  closing because of provincial and federal program cuts.
   "In the next weeks, we will have no response to 200 women and
  children who need immediate housing and protection," said Layton,
  co-chair of the city's advisory committee on homeless persons.
   Layton said the city will have to look for motel space outside
Toronto
  for these families. He noted the city will also be out of space for
single
  men this summer for the first time.
   "Torontonians can expect to see a lot more people in the streets,
  parks, laneways and hidden away in nooks and crannies because
  federal and provincial governments have cancelled any and all
  affordable housing programs," he said.
   The number of people sleeping "rough" is projected to peak at 2,000
  per night this summer, double the summer average.

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