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2006 06 24
Toronto’s Secrets = Part ll
As a follow up to yesterday's story, we are publishing the introduction to the City's homeless study which was released yesterday afternoon. The results are alarming.
Toronto's first Street Needs Assessment is an important step in ending street homelessness. Overwhelmingly, homeless people want permanent housing and the assistance to get it.

Toronto's first Street Needs Assessment provides sound information to improve programs and services and work toward ending street homelessness in Canada's largest urban centre.

Using statistical methods proven in other jurisdictions, a minimum of 5,052 people were estimated to be homeless on Toronto's streets, ravines, and parks and in shelters, health care facilities, and correctional institutions on the night of April 19, 2006.

In terms of the numbers, here are the findings on April 19:
The estimated minimum number of homeless people in Toronto that night was 5,052. Of this, the vast majority (more than 72%) spent the night in a homeless shelter
An estimated minimum of 818 spent the night on the street - 575 in the downtown core, but with large numbers also in Etobicoke, Scarborough, and North York
275 homeless people were in health and treatment facilities
130 people from Toronto courts with no fixed address were in correctional facilities
The remainder were in shelters for abused women
[email this story] Posted by R Ouellette on 06/24 at 12:34 PM

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