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January 16, 2007
Extreme cold weather alert extended
  
The City of Toronto has extended the extreme cold weather alert that was issued on Monday, January 15, 2007.

Street Helpline operates 24 hours a day to help homeless people and front-line workers know where to find shelter and other services. Street Helpline can be called toll-free at 1-866-392-3777 from any payphone. Members of the public can phone this number if they see a homeless person sleeping outside.

An alert goes into effect when Environment Canada:
• predicts a temperature of -15 degrees Celsius or lower, without wind chill
• issues a wind chill warning for outdoor activity for people in the Toronto area and/or
• predicts extreme weather conditions, such as a blizzard or ice storm.

Under the alert, the following extra services are available to help homeless people:
• eighty additional emergency sleeping spaces in Toronto shelters
• enhanced street outreach services, including emergency transportation to shelters, provided by Agincourt Community Services Association Inc., Christie Ossington Neighbourhood Centre and Salvation Army - Gateway
• distribution of emergency TTC tickets through drop-in centres to help homeless people reach shelters.

For more information, visit http://www.toronto.ca/housing.

Media contacts:
Elaine Smyer, Emergency Planning, Shelter, Support & Housing Administration, 416-397-1384, (after hours) 416-714-2730
Peggy Byrne, Partnership Development, Shelter, Support & Housing Administration, 416-392-0051, (after hours) 416-575-9753



 

 

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