Poverty, Housing and Homelessness in Toronto – most up to date statistics

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Poverty, Housing and Homelessness in Toronto
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(Figures cited are latest available as of March 2013)
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Number of low-income people:
604,048
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Percentage of low-income people aged 15 and over who work:
43%
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Most common low-income jobs:
clerical, driving, retail and sales, food and beverage services
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Low-income people are most likely:
visible minorities, recent immigrants and single parents
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Percentage of children ages 14 and under who are low-income:
32%
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Percentage of low-income families who live in aging highrise rental apartments:
43%
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Ratio of households living in housing that is too small, needs repairs or is unaffordable:
1 in 5
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Percentage of these households that rent:
70%
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Average rent for a one-bedroom apartment:
$1,010
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Annual income needed to afford a one-bedroom apartment:
$40,400
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Percentage of single parents who earn less than that:
55%
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Percentage of couples who earn less than that:
31%
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Percentage of singles who earn less than that:
69%
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Annual income of a low-income family with two adults and two children:
less than $38,610
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Annual income of a low-income adult:
less than $20,778
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Total income for a full-time employee making minimum wage:
 $19,490
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Annual amount for a single person receiving Ontario Disability Support Program:
$12,900
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Monthly shelter allowance of Ontario Disability Support Program:
$479
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Annual amount for a single person receiving Ontario Works:
$7,272
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Monthly shelter allowance of Ontario Works:
$376
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Percentage of Ontario Works’ Beneficiaries who are
renters:
96%
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Percentage who live in rent subsidized housing:
13%
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Number of times people accessed food banks in 2012:
946,000
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Median monthly income of people accessing food banks in 2012:
$691
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Percentage of adult food bank clients who gave up a meal to pay rent:
32%
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Money left over per day for the average food bank client, after paying rent:
$5.83
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Number of private apartments available for rent in October 2012:
7,696 out of 256,547 (3%)
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Number of new rental homes built in 2012:
1,742 out of 12,549 (14%)
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Number of people on the social housing wait list:
161,266
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Increase from 2011 to 2012:
8,302
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Average time a family waits for an affordable home in Toronto:
6.4 years
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Number of times people relied on rent banks to avoid eviction in 2011:
804
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Number of social housing homes:
94,520
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Number of families on the social housing waiting list:
87,303
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Number of these families housed in 2012:
3,890 (4%)
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Number of supportive housing homes for people experiencing mental illness:
4,343
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Number of people on the supportive housing wait list:
3,195
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Estimated number of people who were homeless in April 2009:
5,086
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People who are homeless may often be:
victims of violence, children, families, new immigrants, refugees and Aboriginal people
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Average time a person is homeless:
3 years
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Proportion of single men who are homeless when released from jail:
1 in 3
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Number of City-administered permanent shelter beds available in 2013:
 3,836
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Average nightly occupancy rate of emergency shelters:
96%
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Proportion of homeless people who want permanent housing:
9 out of 10
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http://www.toronto.ca/affordablehousing/pdf/poverty-factsheet.pdf


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