2023 City Budget: Casey House’s recommendations

As a specialty hospital in Toronto that provides care for people who face multiple barriers to having their basic needs met, Casey House was pleased to comment on the City of Toronto’s 2023 Budget, as part of the public consultation process.

Casey House is committed to understanding our clients’ health concerns in the broader context of their lives – including their housing and income situations, which continue to be areas of high need. With the continuing drug poisoning crisis, housing crisis, and rising cost of living, the need to address the social factors that determine health and well-being is beyond urgent.

Casey House’s recommendations at a glance

While progress has been made to improve the health and well-being of people in Toronto, there is much more work to do – particularly to support the estimated 18,000 people experiencing homelessness in our city, while they continue to wait for more safe, affordable, and supportive housing. As a hospital, Casey House encourages the City of Toronto to increase and improve access to:

  • Emergency shelter spaces with citywide locations that enable people to remain geographically close to their support systems and networks.
  • Low-barrier 24-hour drop-in spaces, respite sites, warming centres during winter months, and fixed-site cooling centres during summer months.
  • Storage services for personal belongings, such as medications and critical documentation.
  • Income tax clinics and identification clinics to enable more people to apply for long-term housing and income support programs.

The Budget Committee wraps up its review process January 24, Mayor John Tory releases proposed budget by February 1, City Council votes on the budget February 14.

Casey House's recommendations

Read our full letter to the City of Toronto’s 2023 Budget Committee

Toronto residents and businesses are encouraged to participate in the process, and can provide written comments and feedback to the Budget Committee by email: buc@toronto.ca. Learn more at the City of Toronto’s website.

Casey House recognizes and acknowledges that systemic inequities deeply affect our clients, and believes it is our responsibility to advocate for compassionate and socially-just health care. Our advocacy seeks to address the structural barriers that prevent optimal health, and improve the well-being of all people living with or at risk of HIV. To learn more, visit Advocacy.