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Two Big Ideas to Address Toronto’s Housing Crisis Now

In 2016, about 712,000 households in Toronto were spendingmore than 30 per cent of their income on housing. Today, 96,828 people are on the waitlist for subsidized housing administered by the city. 

Homeless shelters are full or almost full every night, and the number of people using the emergency shelter system has jumped 60 per cent in two years. One of the main drivers of homelessness is a lack of available affordable housing and a steadily increasing affordability gap, the city says. 

And Toronto’s housing stock has failed to keep up with its increasing population. Between 2011 and 2016, Toronto’s population grew by more than 340,000 people, but only about 100,000 new housing units were completed in that period.

Politicians, experts and activists all tend to agree that adding more housing, and a wide variety of housing, is necessary to help fix the problem.

But critics say the city has been slow to respond.

Here are two ideas for how Toronto can better use its existing resources to help address its housing crisis.

Read more: Two Big Ideas to Address Toronto’s Housing Crisis Now

First published at http://yourlegalrights.on.ca/news/two-big-ideas-address-torontos-housing-crisis-now

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