This paper focuses on the attempt by the city of Toronto in the late 1990s to address homelessness by building shelters across the city. The authors argue that attempts by municipal governments to address homelessness usually run into roadblocks, so that even the most well-intended efforts are likely to be delayed, diverted or stopped. When municipalities are left to their own devices to address homelessness, the results fail to provide meaningful solutions in a timely and systematic way.
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