City staff stabbed at one of Toronto's temporary housing programs

Aug 5 2020, 6:08 am

A City of Toronto staff member was stabbed on Tuesday night by a client at one of the city’s interim housing programs.

On August 4, the City staff was stabbed by a client at the 55/65 Broadway Avenue housing program location.

According to the City, the staff person is in hospital.

“The City will be conducting a full review of the circumstances of this incident in consultation with Toronto Police Services and the City’s corporate security division to determine next steps, including security enhancements if required,” the statement reads.

A police investigation is ongoing for the case.

Currently, the interim housing program houses approximately 150 clients at this site.

So far, the City says that case management and housing search supports have been provided, resulting in some clients already moving into permanent housing.

And, there are 24-hour security guards and video surveillance on-site.

The program is supposed to be temporary, while the units are vacant pending redevelopment in September — staff are working to find permanent or alternate temporary housing for all clients before the end of August.

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