SEATON HOUSE and the “George St. Revitalization” Project
November 3, 2015
Seaton House is the largest men’s homeless shelter in Canada, with a total of 674 beds in various program areas. The city of Toronto is planning to demolish it and ‘revitalize’ the street where it is located. The plan is to replace it with a 384-bed long-term care facility, with only 100 emergency shelter beds…reducing the number of beds by roughly 200.
Street Health has joined 17 other healthcare agencies who provide services to people who are homeless (and 113 individual care providers) to endorse an open letter sent to the mayor and members of city-council, expressing our concerns over the implementation of their plan. We would like to raise concern and attention to:
a significant loss in the number of shelter beds within an already over-crowded shelter system
any new shelter spaces for current service users be located downtown, where clients access drop-in, harm reduction and medical supports
the absence of a clear transition plan for current Seaton House residents who may have complex medical concerns, mental health issues, addictions or cognitive impairments
To read the full text of our open letter, please visit: