Build a Sprung Shelter for the homeless in midtown

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Homelessness in Toronto is an epidemic.

Every year, over 5,000 individuals use the City of Toronto's shelter system each night. These are the downtrodden with nowhere to go, who struggle with substance use, mental health, or any of the other multitude of reasons why one might be homeless.

more than ever, this issue seems to be becoming more visible. Last year, Toronto's shelters were at a capacity of 94%. furthermore, these shelters are not even ideal. Many of them are borderline inhumane, with a lack of facilities to help those using them, cots instead of beds. 

While Toronto's shelters are disappointing, they are still generally better than staying on the streets. The city knows this, and last June they announced their latest plan to help the downtrodden: Sprung Shelters.

These shelters are made of an aluminium frame, with fiberglass and fabric overtop. The city stated that they would invest $10 million in four of these structures, which would be equipped with 100 beds each, insulation, and food & facilities. The locations of three of these four structures have been announced, with one having been built already. All three are by the lake, right downtown. 

 

A part of the city that has a staggering lack of resources for the homeless is midtown - around the Yonge and Eglinton area. Lately, I have seen an increase in the number of panhandlers and homeless around the area. More resources are desperately needed to help those in that area. 

The fourth Sprung Shelter the city has invested in must be put in midtown. The vast majority of shelters are downtown, which does not account for our homeless population in other parts of the city. Putting one such structure in midtown would greatly improve the quality of life for those in need in the area.

A prime spot for such a structure is the parking lot of North Toronto Memorial Community Center. A large, flat surface, right near Yonge and Eglinton, is the perfect spot to put a shelter.

Affordable housing for all is the ultimate goal, but until then, shelters - Sprung shelters - will have to do. Let's do our part to help our homeless population in midtown, and all over the city.