Oppose Proposed Shelter Location for 2950 & 2970 Lake Shore Blvd. West, Etobicoke, ON

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We are a group of deeply concerned residents in New Toronto who oppose the City Council proposal to open a shelter at the location of 2950 & 2970 Lake Shore Boulevard West.

While we recognize the need for more shelters in our City to assist vulnerable residents and also recognize that COVID-19 has increased that need, New Toronto is already supporting MORE THAN its fair share of social services. Our concerns are outlined below:

1. New Toronto already houses 14 social service programs in a 2.7 square kilometre area. The proposed shelter will require even more social services to be layered into our community.

2. The proposed shelter will negatively impact New Toronto community safety (close proximity of shelter to eight schools and daycare centres).

3. The proposed location will negatively impact Lake Shore Boulevard West revitalization and our businesses who have made New Toronto their 'home'.

We have provided some links for additional context:

https://globalnews.ca/news/7218286/etobicoke-planned-homeless-shelter/

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/midtown-homeless-shelters-covid-19-1.5678552

https://www.cp24.com/news/basically-warehouses-shelters-in-midtown-toronto-unsupported-advocates-say-1.5060361

https://torontosun.com/news/local-news/yonge-eglinton-neighbourhood-a-crime-infested-hellhole/wcm/3521cbac-e20a-49b2-8c17-cd137a70d0da/

Again, we are not against the need for shelters -- we oppose the proposed shelter location in our community. If you agree, please sign the petition.

Thank you for your support!

New Toronto Ratepayers Association