Canada: feds plan national conference on homeless strategies this

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FWD  Toronto Star [News Story] -  November 24, 1998


NATIONAL HOMELESS STRATEGY SOUGHT

[caption] In Toronto alone, up to 500
                   people may be sleeping outdoors

By  William Walker
Toronto Star  Ottawa Bureau Chief


   OTTAWA - The federal government is planning a national conference on
homelessness to help Canadian cities develop strategies for this winter.

   Toronto Liberal MP Charles Caccia (Davenport) raised the issue in the
House of Commons yesterday, noting that as winter sets in the issue of
homelessness becomes ``more serious and urgent'' in cities.

   In Toronto alone, officials say up to 500 people may be sleeping
outdoors each night since the city's existing 4,200 hostel beds are full.
They say more than 400 new hostel beds are required this winter.

   Minister of Public Works Alfonso Gagliano, who is responsible for
housing, said the government is concerned and wants to see a national
strategy set out to fight the problem.

   He said the Canadian Federation of Municipalities, in concert with the
Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC), is planning a series of
regional conferences on the problem that will lead to a national meeting.

   Gagliano said the CMHC will provide the necessary funding to ensure the
meetings go ahead to allow city officials to discuss potential strategies.

   Prime Minister Jean Chretien has yet to respond to Toronto Mayor Mel
Lastman's formal written request for a meeting on the issue.

   Lastman also asked Chretien to join him in Toronto for a tour of parts
of the city where the homeless reside.

   Toronto City Council recently passed a resolution declaring homelessness
``a national disaster.''

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[caption] In Toronto alone, up to 500

                   people may be sleeping outdoors


By  William Walker 

Toronto Star  Ottawa Bureau Chief

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   OTTAWA - The federal government is planning a national conference on
homelessness to help Canadian cities develop strategies for this
winter. 


   Toronto Liberal MP Charles Caccia (Davenport) raised the issue in
the House of Commons yesterday, noting that as winter sets in the issue
of homelessness becomes ``more serious and urgent'' in cities. 


   In Toronto alone, officials say up to 500 people may be sleeping
outdoors each night since the city's existing 4,200 hostel beds are
full. They say more than 400 new hostel beds are required this winter.


   Minister of Public Works Alfonso Gagliano, who is responsible for
housing, said the government is concerned and wants to see a national
strategy set out to fight the problem. 


   He said the Canadian Federation of Municipalities, in concert with
the Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC), is planning a
series of regional conferences on the problem that will lead to a
national meeting.


   Gagliano said the CMHC will provide the necessary funding to ensure
the meetings go ahead to allow city officials to discuss potential
strategies.


   Prime Minister Jean Chretien has yet to respond to Toronto Mayor Mel
Lastman's formal written request for a meeting on the issue.


   Lastman also asked Chretien to join him in Toronto for a tour of
parts of the city where the homeless reside.


   Toronto City Council recently passed a resolution declaring
homelessness ``a national disaster.''


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