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Key Vote: Forcing Homeless Off the Streets

Despite having taken no steps to secure affordable housing in Toronto, most councillors saw fit to vote to study prohibiting the homeless from sleeping on the street. Given that in the absence of social housing, the only place remaining for the homeless to go would be our overworked penal system. Criminalizing the homeless would simultaneously drain the public purse, misallocate police resources, and be out of keeping with a tolerant and progressive society.

Groups ranging from the Canadian Federation of Municipalities to TD Economics have commissioned studies concluding that Toronto faces an affordable housing crisis. In the face of an overwhelming logic, councillors should not be wasting precious city dollars on unnecessary and reactionary studies.

Vote Essentials:
That city staff study methods of preventing the homeless from sleeping on the street

Voting FOR the study: 22
Altobello, Balkissoon, Di Giorgio, Disero, Duguid, Feldman, Flint, Ford, Holyday, Kelly, Lastman, Li Preti, Mammoliti, Milczyn, Minnan-Wong, Moeser, Nunziata, Ootes, Pitfield, Soknacki, Sutherland, Tziretas

Voting AGAINST the study: 17
Ashton, Augimeri, Bussin, Cho, Chow, Hall, Johnston, Jones, Layton, McConnell, Mihevc, Miller, Moscoe, Pantalone, Rae, Silva, Walker

Vote Date: March 2002

Vote Specifics: Motion (b) to Operating Program: (C) Shelter, Housing and Support

For more information, see the City Council Minutes. (PDF file opens in a new window.)