Gordon Tanner is the Director of Homelessness Initiatives and Prevention Services at the City of Toronto. Having previously opened a number of new shelters, including services for LGBTQ2S youth, he oversees the city’s shelter, 24-hour respite programs, and street outreach services.
Director Homelessness Initiatives and Prevention Services
City of Toronto
Gordon Tanner is the Director of Homelessness Initiatives and Prevention Services at the City of Toronto.
Gord has a BSW from Ryerson University and an MSW from McGill University. He started his career coordinating the Health Bus, a mobile health program in downtown Toronto, connecting people experiencing homelessness with a range of harm reduction and primary care services. In 2005 he joined the City of Toronto with the newly created housing first team – Streets to Homes. Since that time he has held a number of positions overseeing grant programs and an initiative to open a number of new shelters in Toronto including new services for LGBTQ2S youth.
In 2015 he moved into his current role which oversees the delivery of Toronto's shelter, 24-hour respite programs and street outreach services. Toronto's shelter system provides services to over 6,000 people each night including a continuum of low barrier services.
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