A message from Gord – April 16, 2020

Dear Ward 4 residents,

The advice from Toronto’s public health officials has been clear and consistent: to stop the community spread of this deadly virus, we must reduce all contact with others as much as possible.

To assist residents experiencing stress and anxiety due to being isolated, quarantined with a positive COVID-19 diagnosis, experiencing financial hardships or other mental health stressors, the City has partnered with key mental health service providers to support the mental wellbeing of Toronto’s most vulnerable residents during this time.

Residents can call 211 to access support and get connected to one of seven primary mental health service partners for direct phone support. Mental health service information is also available at 211toronto.ca.

During this time, individuals experiencing homelessness are particularly vulnerable. There are currently 30 confirmed client cases of COVID-19 in the city’s emergency shelter system. The City, with the help of our community and heath sector partners has put measures in place for active screening, testing and providing isolation spaces to slow transmission and mitigate the impact of COVID-19 on our emergency shelter system.

We have moved over 1,000 people to programs that meet a range of client needs, including spaces in community centers, hotel rooms, and permanent housing and we are on track to move another 1000 into new spaces by April 30.

While these measures are being taken to directly address the issue at hand, I have and will continue to advocate for permanent housing for all to fight for housing as a human right.

To stay updated on the City’s ongoing response to COVID-19, visit https://www.toronto.ca/covid-19/ .

Sincerely,

Gord