The Past Decade In Homelessness

2020 will mark my 10th year at Haven Toronto. What a decade it’s been! There have been many developments for us in the last 10 years, most good and some maybe not so nice.

I mostly remember when I arrived trying to gain a deeper understanding of homelessness in Toronto, and specifically elder men who were homeless in our city. Accurate information was hard to come by and precious little existed on elder men.

I recall repeatedly reading and being told that homelessness in Toronto was not rising year over year and was not expected to rise significantly going forward. Investments were mostly non-existent, certainly meagre and most definitely not strategic and forward-thinking based on solid evidence, which was readily available even then.

The reality is homelessness in Toronto

has reached unprecedented levels,