Probe homeless industry more

Toronto allocates money for the shelters to provide 2,915 bed spaces for the year. The last street needs assessment of the city noted 5,253 homeless people (both sleeping outdoors and in shelters).

So we’ve got hundreds of groups working on the problem. Well, how many employees does each group have? What’s the ratio of homeless to paid workers helping the homeless? What’s the ratio of managers to front-line workers? Do each of those groups have well-paid executive directors?

These are all basic questions about efficiency. But the city doesn’t know. Because it doesn’t regularly compile such information.

It’s a little hard to take activists who ask for more seriously when there’s so little oversight to begin with.

Perhaps we do need to double spending. Perhaps we need to cut it.