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."