Men's shelter in Leslieville not popular with everyone.
Toronto’s Leslieville community is in the process of inputting a new Salvation Army location – and this addition to the community has been met with both positive and hesitant reactions.
As reported by the Toronto Star on January 12th 2016, the Salvation Army’s Hope Shelter has made a conditional offer to open a shelter. This news, surely, is met with great relief, as Hope Shelter has been searching for a new location for the last two years.
Later in January, it was reported by Global News that the proposal had been approved.
Beaches councillor Mary-Margaret McMahon has been supportive of the proposal from the beginning, comparing Leslieville’s situation to the Syrian refugee situation, saying “So much great benevolence and kindness and generosity (was shown) that I knew that would translate into the same treatment for Torontonians,”. Some other community members had opinions similar to McMahon’s.
One the other hand, some members of the community – namely those with young children – have expressed hesitation, citing concerns of increased crime, public drug / alcohol use, and a decrease of property value.