Homelessness Facts (Dec 2019)
- 35,000 Canadians are homeless on any given night (9,200+ in Toronto)
- At least 235,000 Canadians experience homelessness in a year
- 75% of homeless suffer from mental health issues
- 10% are youth and 10% are seniors
- 3,000 veterans are homeless
- Families stay in shelters 2x as long as individuals
- The key driver of homelessness in Toronto is the economy and lack of affordable housing
- 98% occupancy rate in shelters every night
- 102,049 people are on the waiting list for affordable housing
- 800 homeless people have died on the streets of Canada since 1985. 100 homeless people died on the streets of Toronto in 2017. IT’S NOT GETTING BETTER.
WHAT IS HOMELESSNESS? The Expert Advisory Panel on Homelessness (Ontario) views homelessness as the lack of a safe and secure place to call your own, or the situation of a person or family without stable, permanent, appropriate housing, or the immediate prospect, means and ability of acquiring it. It is often the result of a lack of affordable and appropriate housing, the individual/household’s financial, mental, cognitive, behavioural or physical challenges, and/or racism and discrimination. Most people do not choose to be homeless and certainly no on deserves to be homeless.
For more facts about homelessness visit: http://homelesshub.ca/about-homelessness/homelessness-101