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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."

The current warming centres at Metro Hall and Regent Park Community Centre which are operated with the support of the Canadian Red Cross will remain open 24/7 until the winter respite centre at the Moss Park Armoury is open. Toronto Paramedic Services continues to have dedicated resources available at both warming centres in the evenings to provide assistance to those in need. On Monday, people at the Regent Park and Metro Hall warming centres will be offered transportation to the Armoury and these two warming centres will close.

The City continues to work with the Provincial government and other partners to assess other sites across Toronto as appropriate locations for short- and long-term shelter solutions.

Last year, capacity of the winter respite system was approximately 160. This year, that number has increased to 410 with this week’s addition of 50 more spaces at the Better Living Centre. With the temporary opening of the Moss Park Armoury, the total number of winter respite spaces will be 510.

In addition to the winter respite sites, the City has added an overnight shift for two street outreach teams during extreme cold weather alerts.

The City continues to explore all available measures and options to ensure services are available for homeless individuals. Anyone can come in from the cold at all public buildings during regular business hours, including civic centres and libraries. First responders, TTC operators and City staff have been asked to be alert for anyone in need of homeless services and to contact 311 to engage outreach support.

For emergency shelter, residents should call 311. Toll free in Toronto, it is 1-877-338-3398. Youth and adults can also get a walk-in referral to shelter at the Streets to Homes Assessment and Referral Centre located at 129 Peter St.

More information about services for people who are homeless is available at

A Backgrounder on City of Toronto homelessness services is available at

Daily Shelter and overnight service usage is updated daily and available at

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