Homelessness is a complex, urgent and growing issue in Toronto. There are approximately 8,500 people in Toronto who are experiencing homelessness, many more are experiencing “hidden homelessness”, and thousands of others are on the wait list for supportive housing.Statistics on Homelessness
- On any given day over 8,500 people in Toronto are experiencing homelessness.
- For every 10,000 people in Toronto, 30 are homeless.
- In 2018, nearly half of Toronto’s homeless population reported being homeless for over 6 months, which makes them chronically homeless.
- Over 30% of Toronto’s homeless live with a mental health issue, and over 25 per cent live with an addiction.
- 94% of those experiencing homelessness in Toronto want permanent housing, but face barriers in securing it.
- 80% said they need more affordable housing options.
- In the past 10 years, average market rent for a one-bedroom has increased by 33%. In that same time, Ontario Works shelter benefits have increased only 10%.
Our goal is to find new innovative solutions and change these statistics, so we have Zero Homeless in Toronto
, launching soon, connects people who need help with those that can offer specific help, based on their location and their profile.