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Homeless Dying Faster Than Homicide And Violence In Toronto Victims

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https://www.google.ca/amp/s/www.thestar.com/amp/opinion/contributors/2017/12/04/its-time-to-declare-an-emergency-on-homelessness-in-toronto.html

 

Deaths in Toronto due to homelessness now exceed deaths due to homicides and violence

 

Each year more and more homeless are sent away from shelters because beds are full, many as a result must sleep outside in winter which results in many deaths

 

The city of Toronto wants the Government to declare homelessness a National emergency as the housing shortage is pushing more and more people to the brink

 

181,000 people are also on a critical waiting list for housing

 

Extreme examples such as this reporter who makes a good wage and has to couch surf or stay with parents is increasingly becoming the norm as well

 

 

The Canadian homeless rate now surpasses the US homeless rate

 

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In the mean time rents were up 11% in 2018 and 10% in 2017

 

Home prices were up 33% on 2017 and stalled in 2018 because of the new stress test mortgage rules making many people unqualified

 

However there are worries the stress test will only make rents worse as ppl are forced to rent longer as they delay home purchase

 

Individual cases are more extreme. The reporter in the video above faced a 50% rent increase in 1 year!

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ChromeAngel

I’ve heard there’s enough vacant homes to house every homeless person with some left over. The world is an awful place 

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Born To Slay
12 minutes ago, ChromeAngel said:

I’ve heard there’s enough vacant homes to house every homeless person with some left over. The world is an awful place 

We can’t just give people homes tho. Then everyone would want a free home. 

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Flopplause
11 minutes ago, Born To Slay said:

We can’t just give people homes tho. Then everyone would want a free home. 

and making them unaffordable for the middle class isn't working either :awkney:

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brucee

Before you write anything remember being homeless is not a choice. It brings quickly severe mental illness. 

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6 hours ago, ChromeAngel said:

I’ve heard there’s enough vacant homes to house every homeless person with some left over. The world is an awful place 

 

6 hours ago, Born To Slay said:

We can’t just give people homes tho. Then everyone would want a free home. 

There's an extreme housing shortage in Toronto with some parts of the city having a vacancy rate as low as 0.3% while 3% is considered a healthy balanced market

 

Sure that 0.3% might technically house most or all of the homeless but the point is the shortage is causing severe unaffordability

 

Canada has a serious bad combination of policies that are making this terrible:

 

#1 High immigration rate. We accept 330,000 immigrants a year. That's nearly triple the US rate relative to population. It doesn't help that Canada only has a few cities like Toronto where they actually wanna move to so all the growth concentrates in those cities

 

#2 slow construction approval process. Canada is known among construction companies for having complicated zoning laws and slow approval times. A new condo in Toronto can take over 10 years to get approved

 

Slow construction (it's actually a lot of construction but I mean slow relative to population growth demands) in combination with high immigration is not a good mix

 

Canada needs to either reduce immigration or find a way to make these innefective slow approval processes slowing construction a little faster

 

It's rediculous that in 2017 with sky high prices, the average home of a price in Toronto still rose some 33%.

 

The stress tests and tougher downpayment rules have cooled the market but as a side effect is making rents surge and ppl are now forced to rent longer before they can qualify for a mortgage

 

Also experts warn that demand is being postponed with tough mortgage rules not eliminated. People will simply buy them later when they have more downpayment so the government may have stopped price appreciation in 2018 but right now so far in 2019 it's going up again

 

This is actually really bad. Older ppl who bought a home decades ago are all millionaires while ppl who don't own yet are now either locked out of the market or forced to pay insane prices

 

Just look at what happened to this reporter with a high paying job, her rent increased by $950 a month on renewal and she's now couch surfing:

 

 

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hardcore1996

typical canada :huntyga:

pretty non-violent but turning a blind eye to people in need

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6 hours ago, Flopplause said:

and making them unaffordable for the middle class isn't working either :awkney:

The government doesn't control prices so they aren't "making them unaffordable"

 

Although indirectly they are with the slow approval of construction

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27 minutes ago, hardcore1996 said:

typical canada :huntyga:

pretty non-violent but turning a blind eye to people in need

The fact that this is so true

 

I used to be one of the 90% who never helped homeless because I had the mentality they put themselves in that situation by not sticking to a job or being drug addicts, alcoholics etc

 

But now that I've been in need with some bad luck since being married and being screwed without family help I see the other side of the coin too. Ordinary ppl can end up homeless. It just takes a lost job, some unexpected bills and if u have no one to bail u out ur screwed!

 

Also even if ppl are there because of addiction still! Addiction is complicated and often emotional trauma caused ppl to became victims to addiction so even if they are doing it to themselves they still deserve help!

 

And once ur homeless it's hard to get out of the cycle

 

So now I try to go out of my way to buy them food (preferable to giving them money since it may or may not be used well) and if I don't have time sometimes I give a little cash

 

I can't help every single one everytime cuz I got limited resources myself

 

But now I try to help a homeless at least once a week

 

It's so sad :(

 

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