Peter Milczyn, mayoral candidate and City of Toronto commissioner

Ending homelessness in Toronto is within reach — if municipal candidates make it a priority, says mayoral candidate and City of Toronto commissioner Peter Milczyn (Ward 6, Trinity-Spadina). Speaking at a news conference held…

Peter Milczyn, mayoral candidate and City of Toronto commissioner

Ending homelessness in Toronto is within reach — if municipal candidates make it a priority, says mayoral candidate and City of Toronto commissioner Peter Milczyn (Ward 6, Trinity-Spadina).

Speaking at a news conference held by the City of Toronto’s Homelessness Assistance Network (HAN) on Wednesday, Milczyn said he is campaigning on ending homelessness by 2021 and that his campaign is calling on the city to take action to reduce the number of people sleeping on the streets of the city.

“The idea is to end homelessness by a date certain. I would like to have it done by 2021. I’m hoping we get there by then,” Milczyn told reporters.

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“I was in the private sector, and you would not get to the end of one year. You had to keep doing it.” — Peter Milczyn, mayoral candidate and City of Toronto commissioner

Milczyn said he hopes the HAN’s report, released Wednesday morning, will encourage the City to start tackling the issue of homelessness more directly, by offering more beds to people who need them and by doing more to reduce the number of people living on the street.

The report also outlines how the City can do more to provide emergency housing for people who need it, and how it can get more people off the street and into housing.

According to the report, in 2017 the City provided 2,900 affordable housing units. In the next 10 years, it is projected it will need to provide 8,000 units of affordable housing in the next 10 years.

“The challenge we have in this city is that we don’t have enough affordable housing,” said Milczyn.

“I think [the] end goal is to have all the housing built, to be able to meet more people.”

Milczyn said a lot of focus is placed on the problem of homelessness in the city, but that it doesn’t adequately address other social issues, such as mental health and addiction.

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Milczyn says he would like to see an increase to mental health services in

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