The current economic climate is exacerbating the challenges for shelters, drop-in centers and transitional housing, which struggle to help those without permanent homes.
With fewer donations this year, shelters like Eva’s Initiatives in Toronto are feeling the pinch. The facility takes care of 181 at-risk and homeless people aged 16 to 24, offering them transitional housing and complementary services.
“Rents are going up. Access to housing is increasing,” says Executive Director Louise Smith.
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“Even just daily food and transportation needs and things like that. And so it makes it more difficult for young people to leave the transitional space and achieve full independence.
Smith says the city’s shelter referral center is turning away nearly 200 homeless people every night.
“That means at Eva’s we are at full capacity every night.”
The toll of homeless people has also been seen at the All Saints Toronto drop-in centre, which provides 800 meals a week and comprehensive services to homeless people. The organization is not funded by the city.
“What we’re able to do with the level of resources we actually have is very important, but to be honest it’s getting harder and harder to be able to do that,” says Harm Reduction Lead Diana Chan McNally from the reception center. case manager.
“We rely heavily on Daily Bread and Second Harvest for scavenged food to prepare our meals. While people are seeing high prices in grocery stores, we are seeing less food in trucks. »
Not only is it struggling with inflation, but it was recently hit by a devastating fire that left one person dead. The aftermath of the fire left the facility’s kitchen and storage room for donations and clothing with extensive water damage.
“It’s going to be difficult to get these spaces back to a decent state to store clothes and food,” Chan McNally told PKBNEWS.
All Saints Toronto and Eva’s Initiatives know that families are especially strapped for money this year, but are asking people to donate what they can.
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