Toronto’s affordable housing wait list hit another new record in August with 86,604 households on the full list – up 27% from the 68,369 households in August of 2011. Toronto’s affordable housing wait list includes 159,965 women, men and children with low incomes who are lining up for a space in the 10% of city housing that is neither private ownership nor private rental housing. This includes Toronto Community Housing Company homes, plus co-op and non-profit housing. The city’s wait list has set a new record every month since the recession of 2008 and the big shortage of affordable housing underlines the urgent need to preserve and enhance every available affordable home. Councillor Ana Bailao’s special TCHC working grouphas recommended a financially sustainable plan to save almost all the 619 affordable TCHC homes that have been targeted for sell-off to the private markets.