Jan 4/18 – City of Toronto opens two 24/7 warming centres

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January 4, 2018

City of Toronto opens two 24/7 warming centres

The City of Toronto has announced the opening of two 24/7 warming centres to provide additional relief for homeless individuals and their pets.

"We continue to explore all options and opportunities to protect our city's most vulnerable residents," said Mayor John Tory. "These warming centres provide accessible immediate relief during Extreme Cold Weather events and are in addition to the City's other winter respite services."

The overnight warming centres, located at Metro Hall, 55 John St., and Regent Park Community Centre, 402 Shuter St., will operate 24/7 daily beginning this evening at 7 p.m. and continuing until the current Extreme Cold Weather Alert is terminated.

The Regent Park Community Centre warming centre will be operated by the City's Office of Emergency Management in conjunction with the Canadian Red Cross and provide 100 cots, meals, showers, hygiene kits and referrals to additional supports. Metro Hall will be accessible 24/7 for the same time period and provide drop-in access to a warm, welcoming space. Toronto Paramedic Services will have a dedicated resources available at both warming centres in the evenings to provide assistance to those in need.

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Jan 3/18 – City of Toronto moving to expand winter respite and shelter capacity

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January 3, 2018

City of Toronto moving to expand winter respite and shelter capacity

The City of Toronto is expanding winter respite capacity at the Better Living Centre (BLC) site from 110 beds to 150 to accommodate increased demand. The facility on the Exhibition Grounds was opened on December 21 as one of six winter respite sites across the city, with an original capacity of 100 beds.

As part of the City-led efforts to increase capacity within the shelter system, the new 60-bed Salvation Army Hope shelter is expected to open in the next 10 days as part of 291 additional shelter beds to be opened in 2018.

And as cold temperatures continue, City staff now recommend a seventh 24/7 winter respite service be opened at the armouries or another suitable location. Based on that advice, Mayor John Tory asked the federal government Wednesday to work with City staff to confirm the Moss Park armoury can be made available as a 24-hour respite centre for up to 100 beds until April 15.

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Jan 2/18 – Update on City of Toronto homelessness services

News Release

January 2, 2018

Update on City of Toronto homelessness services

City of Toronto staff continue to actively monitor and respond to the need for homelessness services across the city.

"It is the expectation of the City of Toronto that anyone who requests City-funded and/or operated homeless support and respite services, receives it," said Paul Raftis General Manager of Shelter, Support and Housing Administration. "Service requests for homeless support and respite services are not to be refused during the cold weather season."

City staff has connected with the Ombudsman's office and is currently reviewing how information about homelessness services is being communicated by frontline staff to clients. It is particularly important when individuals with specific requirements or needs cannot be immediately assisted that staff work with them to offer alternative service and to assist with transportation requirements.

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City of Toronto Public Appointment Opportunity

City of Toronto is seeking a new public member of the GTAA's Community Environment and Noise Advisory Committee

Are you interested in noise and environmental issues related to Pearson International Airport? The City of Toronto is currently seeking one local resident to join the Greater Toronto Airport Authority's Community Environment and Noise Advisory Committee (CENAC).

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