For many years now, the housing crisis has continued to grow in Toronto. The Covid-19 pandemic has shed light on the challenges in Toronto’s housing market, such as the strain placed on the shelter system. As of late July, there were 636 Covid-19 cases linked to shelter outbreaks.
As an emergency response, the city has added 30 temporary sites in hotels and community centres and expanded shelters to allow clients to maintain physical distancing. Although this is a step in the right direction, the best solution is to provide permanent housing.
The construction of modular supportive housing has proven to be a quick and cost-effective solution in comparison to traditional housing. Modular homes are prefabricated in a factory and then assembled on-site.
Toronto city council recently approved a plan to build 250 modular homes as a rapid response to homelessness and to reduce pressure on the shelter system. These homes will serve as permanent and affordable solutions for people currently experiencing homelessness.
The city strives to reach their target of constructing 1,000 modular homes by 2030.
The pandemic has certainly created many challenges, and it has also allowed us to realize we can accomplish great things in a short matter of time. Looking to the future, Toronto is becoming a stronger and more resilient city as it works to tackle issues such as homelessness.