Barrera said the city of Toronto is figuring out the budget on how many million dollars it’s going to cost to house refugees and refugee claimants in shelters and hotels.
“The current surge in shelter demand shows no sign of slowing, but instead appears it will continue significantly beyond March 2020,” he said.
Since 2016 and onwards Barrera has seen a high increase of asylum claimants and refugees who’ve occupied a number of shelter spots in Toronto. The flow of refugees in shelters increased and hotel programs were then created. Almost 13,000 individual refugees and asylum claimants accessed shelter services between Jan. 1, 2018 and July 24, 2019.
Barrera said that if funding is no longer continued shelter staff wouldn’t be able to send families into different regions in a coordinated response. He added that it would be left to Toronto to try to navigate that by themselves.
A Conservative MP Peter Kent raising concerns about thousands of government sponsored Syrian refugees are living in shelters or supports because they haven’t had the support to integrate into communities.
“Housing is a huge problem for the refugee population,” Kent said. The capacity of the county to accept unlimited number of immigrants or refugees just isn’t there, he added.
Hessam Ghadaki, the president at Times Group Corporation said there’s a lot of stakeholders involved to make sure that the relocation of the families is successful.
Ghadaki is responsible for marketing and leasing at this corporation. He said he also manages all legal affairs from development and construction.
“City of Toronto shelter support housing should and will have the budget to provide shelter and housing for asylum and refugee claimants,” Ghadaki said.
“I would be surprised if the government didn’t continue to fund shelter for refugees moving forward,” said Barrera.