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

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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

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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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Jan 5/18 – Moss Park Armoury will open Monday as a winter respite location

News Release

January 5, 2018

Moss Park Armoury will open Monday as a winter respite location

A multi-disciplinary team of City of Toronto staff are working to open Moss Park Armoury the morning of Monday, January 8 following confirmation of site availability by the Government of Canada. This will be the City's seventh winter respite site. The site will be operated by City staff.

The federally owned Moss Park Armoury will be available as a 24/7 winter respite location for two weeks. It will provide 100 cots to meet increasing and unprecedented demand. When fully operational, services will include access to meals, showers, hygiene kits and referrals to additional supports such as case management and housing supports.

"I would like to extend my sincere thanks to both the federal and provincial governments for responding to our request for additional space in this part of Toronto," said Mayor John Tory. "The temporary opening of the Moss Park Armoury will help make sure we continue to deal with the unprecedented demand our shelter system and winter respite system is facing this winter, and the Province is working with us on an additional winter respite site we can use after the Armoury, which can be open 24/7 until April 15. This is a demonstration by all three levels of government that we are committed to providing a safe, warm, and welcoming space for all those who need it."

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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

News Release (updated)

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

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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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