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September 8, 2006
Media Advisory - Toronto agencies and their clients to speak out about end of federal funding for homeless services
Community Services Committee Chair Joe Mihevc will host a community forum to celebrate some of the success stories that have resulted from the $123 million federal commitment to programs for the homeless in Toronto over the past six years. This is part of a national call for renewed federal funding when the current program runs out March 31, 2007.

Toronto stands to lose about $18 million in annual funding for services to some of the most vulnerable citizens if the new federal government does not step forward. This will setback the City’s efforts to end homelessness. Many critical programs with proven results will have to end.

Date: Tuesday, September 12
Time: 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Location: Holy Trinity Church (10 Trinity Square, behind Toronto Eaton Centre)

Site tours: Media are invited to see first-hand how federal funds have resulted in more jobs, better facilities, and increased hope for Toronto’s homeless people. Site tours will be conducted between 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, September 12. A list of site locations and contact information is attached.

The event is organized by the Toronto Appeal for Federal Funding to Address Homelessness with support from the City of Toronto.

For information about the event:

Councillor Joe Mihevc
(cell) 416-315-9849
(work) 416-392-0208

Sandy Birnie
Executive Director
Youth Link
(cell) 416-938-6036
(work) 416-967-1773 ext. 214

Michael Shapcott
Senior Fellow
The Wellesley Institute
(cell) 416-605-8316
(work) 416-972-1010 ext. 231

For information about the existing federal government program (Supporting Communities Partnership Initiative):

Trish Keachie
Shelter, Support and Housing Administration Division
City of Toronto
(cell) 416-710-3595
(work) 416-397-4693

Site Tours:

Please contact agencies directly. Locations and contact information are below.

Fact Sheet

Site tour locations and contact information

Site tours will be conducted between 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, September 12. Media are encouraged to contact the agencies directly. The following is a list of site locations and contact information.

St. John Bakery – social purpose enterprise expansion provides more job opportunities for those who need a helping hand
155 Broadview Ave.
Contact: Marc van Beusekom, 416-850-7413

The Stop Community Food Centre – feeding and building community
1884 Davenport Rd.
Contact: Nick Saul, 416-652-7867 ext. 223

Homeward Bound – help for women and kids to transition from shelter life to independence
282 Donlands
Contact: Donna Masters, 416-572-0000 ext. 4007

The Corner Drop-in, St. Stephen’s Community House – help for homeless people to find housing and addiction treatment
260 Augusta Ave.
Contact: Eileen Shannon, 416-964-8747 ext. 232

St. Clare’s Multifaith – help to gain the skills for independent living
25 Leonard Ave.
Contact: John Harstone, 416-929-0397

YOUTHLINK – life skills programs for street youth
7 Vanauley St., 2nd Floor
Contact: Carolann Barr, Program Supervisor, 416-595-9902

Sojourn House – refugee shelter and transitional housing
101 Ontario St.
Contact: Debbie Hill-Corrigan, 416-864-0515 ext. 227



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