Jan 16/18 – Update on City of Toronto homelessness services

January 16, 2018

Update on City of Toronto homelessness services

The Metro Hall Warming Centre closed yesterday and people were offered referrals to other services as well as transportation assistance. Regent Park remains open until further notice.

City staff are continuously monitoring winter respite drop-in and warming centre usage to manage occupancy levels to ensure there is sufficient safe capacity to provide warm places for all who ask for them, which was the case last night.

City staff are continuously monitoring winter respite drop-in and warming centre usage to manage occupancy levels to ensure there is sufficient safe capacity to provide warm places for all who ask for them, which was the case last night.

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Jan 15/18 – Update on City of Toronto homelessness services

January 15, 2018

Update on City of Toronto homelessness services

With the end of the Extreme Cold Weather Alert this morning, we are confirming that staff are demobilizing warming services at Metro Hall by about noon. Regent Park remains open until further notice. The 11 people at Metro Hall Warming Centre as of 6:45 are being offered transportation assistance to other services.

City staff are continuously monitoring winter respite drop-in and warming centre usage to manage occupancy levels to ensure there is sufficient safe capacity to provide warm places for all who ask for them, which was the case last night.

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Jan 11/18 – City takes steps to prepare for upcoming extreme cold weather

News Release

January 12, 2018

City takes steps to prepare for upcoming extreme cold weather

City of Toronto staff are preparing roads and services to help keep residents safe as this morning's rain is forecasted to change to freezing rain mixed with ice pellets. Temperatures are expected to drop suddenly around noon with the potential for a flash freeze followed by a moderate snowfall. Residents should be prepared for a slower than usual commute home.

Motorists are reminded to be extra cautious and watch for pedestrians and cyclists, especially during dusk and evening hours when visibility is low. Road conditions are expected to be slick, and can cause vehicles to slide and lose their ability to make sudden stops. Ensure that headlights, brake lights and signals are working. Headlights should be turned on at dusk. Avoid distractions while driving, such as eating or using phones.

Pedestrians should take extra caution on sidewalks. Pedestrians are reminded to cross at traffic signals, crosswalks and stop signs where possible. Try to make eye contact with drivers before stepping off the curb. Walk, don't run, across intersections. Only cross when you have enough time to safely do so.
"City staff are working hard to ensure the safety of all residents during this Extreme Cold Weather alert," said Mayor John Tory. "As the weather changes, I ask everyone to take extra precautions while out and about today and assist vulnerable friends, neighbours and fellow residents."

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Applications now being accepted for new City of Toronto Waste Reduction Community Grants Program

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January 8, 2018

Applications now being accepted for new City of Toronto Waste Reduction Community Grants Program

The City of Toronto is now accepting applications for its new Waste Reduction Community Grants Program. Grants of up to $25,000 are available to support innovative community-based projects that reduce residential waste and increase participation in the City's waste diversion programs.

"It's very important that we engage residents in reducing waste across the city,” said Councillor Jaye Robinson (Ward 25 Don Valley West), Chair of the Public Works and Infrastructure Committee. "Reducing waste, especially in apartments and condo buildings, is a priority for the City and these grants will support innovative ideas for waste diversion."

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Jan 8/18 – Update on City of Toronto homelessness services

News Release

January 8, 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. Providing sufficient services for everyone who requests them remains the focus.

With increased demand for services during the recent extreme cold weather period in Toronto, services continued to be busy yesterday and overnight. Warming Centres were opened on a temporary basis as an extra precaution and the warming centre services at Regent Park Community Centre will remain available until further notice while the Metro Hall warming centre services will now end.

As the overflow warming centre service established Saturday, January 6 at Wellesley Community Centre was not required (there was one person there at 4 a.m. Sunday morning), services there were ended on Sunday and the facility was returned to its primary purpose of community-based programming.

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Jan 7/18 – Update on City of Toronto homelessness services

News Release

January 7, 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.

With increased demand for services as Toronto residents continue to face this stretch of unprecedented cold weather, staff activated contingency plans yesterday morning. Activation went smoothly with the opening of the Moss Park Armoury as of 7 p.m. last night. With this, and the increases in warming centre and respite capacity, as well as additional outreach teams on the road overnight, there were services available for everyone wanting a warm and safe place to go.

As the overflow warming centre service established yesterday at Wellesley Community Centre was not required (there was one person there at 4 a.m. this morning), warming centre services will be closed at this location today. Therefore, the facility will be returned to its primary purpose of community-based programming.

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Jan 6/18 – Respite at Moss Park Armoury and other locations to open this evening

News Release

January 6, 2018

Respite at Moss Park Armoury and other locations to open this evening in response to unprecedented demand and continuing extreme weather conditions

The City of Toronto announced today that the Moss Park Armoury will open at 7 p.m. this evening as an additional winter respite location providing 100 cots in response to unprecedented demand and continuing extreme weather conditions. Today is the 13th day with an Extreme Cold Weather Alert called by Toronto Public Health in effect.

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Jan 5/18 Update on City of Toronto’s shelter and respite services

News Release

January 5, 2018

Update on City of Toronto's shelter and respite services

City of Toronto staff continue to actively monitor and respond to the need for homelessness services across the city. The directive to City staff and agencies providing homelessness services continues to be that services be made available to everyone who needs them.

Warming Centres

At 7 p.m. yesterday evening, two 24/7 warming centres opened to provide additional relief for homeless individuals and their pets. The overnight warming centres, located at Metro Hall, 55 John St., and Regent Park Community Centre, 402 Shuter St., will continue operating until the current Extreme Cold Weather Alert is terminated.

Toronto Paramedic Services has dedicated resources available at both warming centres in the evenings to provide assistance to those in need.

As of 4 a.m. this morning, there were 15 individuals and one dog at the Regent Park Community Centre and 13 individuals and one cat at Metro Hall.

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