Thursday, April 18, 2013



  Toronto tracks homeless in $120G survey: the cynics from the Mayor of Toronto Mr. Rob Ford is present again with the same fairy tales,  that an army of 500 volunteers of his people are combing the streets of  this city, doing a survey of homeless people. The fruitless tracks of homeless people in the city of Toronto with wasted tax payer’s money bring a cost of $120.000? The truth is the indigent people living in the streets of this city or across the country are exposed to severe weather conditions and police brutality. How many times we witnessed in the streets, parks, (TTC) bus shelters, indigent people are verbally and physically abused by the police, how many times we can see that from their faces radiates pain and misery; legacy of a government that protects only the bourgeoisie. These forgotten victims of the cruelty of this society, very badly need a permanent place to live, a roof where homeless people can rebuild their broken lives. With false information; politicians, authorities and the mass media are trying to convince us, that dispossessed people choose to live in the streets and everyone is dealing with mental illness! But the truth is more than 50% of youth and homeless people surviving in the streets of this nation, their lives were destroyed by the judicial system, police, societies,  and others government institutions! Again we have to mention homeless people they need a place to live in peace, the shelters are dangerous places because of uncontrollable violence. 
By Don Peat ,City Hall Bureau Chief
First posted: Thursday, April 18, 2013 08:18 AM EDT | Updated: Thursday, April 18, 2013 08:34 AM EDT
(CRAIG ROBERTSON/Toronto Sun files)
TORONTO - There should be an updated tally of Toronto's homeless population by early July.Around 500 volunteers were out Wednesday night to count the city's homeless as part of the third street needs assessment.
The last survey -- a point-in- time census of the homeless-- was done in 2009.                                    This year's survey will cost about $120,000.
"If you know what the overall number is and you compare it to previous years, you've got a gauge on how you're doing," shelter, support and housing administration spokesman Pat Anderson said Wednesday.
Volunteers were instructed to ask every person they encountered whether they had a place to stay last night.
If they said no, they were asked to fill out a 13-question survey.
Those who filled out the needs assessment survey received a $7.50 Tim Hortons gift card.
Along with an outdoor survey, staff surveyed people in city-funded shelters, violence against women shelters, correctional facilities and health and treatment facilities.
An executive summary of the street needs assessment should be done by early July and a report will go to the community development and recreation committee in September, Anderson said.
She acknowledged the survey can't count the "hidden homeless."
"I think in a perfect world you count all of them," Anderson said. "It's better to have statistics to delineate the problem, even when they exclude that important portion than to have nothing at all."
The results of this year's survey will likely lead to some staff recommendations to councillors, she said.
"I can't speculate (what those recommendations will be) because we don't know," Anderson said. "We'll have to wait and see what the numbers tell us."
The Sun's City Hall columnist, Sue-Ann Levy, participated in this year's homeless count. Check out her tweets from that experience: TORONTO - Mayor Rob Ford gave a wake-up call Tuesday to the homeless sleeping in Nathan Phillips Square.
Ford asked city officials to “remove” those sleeping in the square at Toronto City Hall.
“I just had a meeting with Joe Pennachetti, another one ... and asked him to remove the people from the square,” Ford said Tuesday.


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