Toronto’s affordable housing wait list set a new record in September – 86,892 households, or a total of 160,520 women, men and children. The centralized wait list has set a new record every month since the recession of 2008. The September 2012 number is a staggering 26% increase from the 68,805 households on the wait list in September of 2011. The large and rapidly growing wait list underlines the urgent need to preserve and maintain Toronto’s existing affordable housing stock. Toronto City Council’s Executive Committee recently unanimously endorsed a plan by Councillor Ana Bailao’s special working group to preserve most of the Toronto Community Housing Corporation’s single family homes that had previously been targeted for sell-off.