No Place Like Home

Rating: NNNNNIt's too bad Mayor Mel avoided a meeting with the city's leading advocate for the homeless (Blowing off the.


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It’s too bad Mayor Mel avoided a meeting with the city’s leading advocate for the homeless (Blowing off the Homeless). Perhaps he didn’t want to hear that cranes are going up all over the city but affordable apartments are disappearing as fast as you can say “condo.”

DWINDLING SUPPLY

Number of affordable housing units committed to last year: 400

Number of affordable housing units actually built: 83

Number of affordable housing units to be built in Montreal over the next two years: 5,000

Number of condo units built in T.O. since 96: 17,144

Amount of new rental construction since 98: virtually zero

Number of affordable housing units eaten up by condo conversions since 96: more than 2,200

Current vacancy rate in Toronto: less than one of every 1,000 units

RISING RENTS

Average monthly rent for a two-bedroom apartment in T.O.: more than $1,000

Monthly rent in 1996: $800

Percentage of apartments renting for less than $800 in 96: about 70

Percentage of apartments renting for less than $800 now: 25

Average increase in rents for bachelor apartments since 99: 10 per cent

Average increase for two-bedroom apartments: more than 14 per cent

Percentage of tenants who pay more than half their monthly income on rent: more than 50

Percentage of older renters whose annual income is less than $12,500: more than 50

Number of tenants who faced eviction last year: 54,000

ON THE SOCIAL FRONT

Number of supportive housing units funded for shelter users since 98: 764

Number of seniors, single-parent and other families on the waiting list for social housing in Toronto: 63,000

Amount of time social housing applicants are likely wait for a unit: up to 12 years

Percentage of children admitted into temporary care for whom lack of housing is a factor: 20 (one in five)

Amount federal and provincial governments have cut from social housing in the last eight years: half a billion dollars

What housing advocates say it will take to deal with homelessness: for all levels of government to spend one per cent more of their existing total budgets on housing

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