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September 3, 2003
Transitional housing for homeless men to open in Toronto
  
Toronto Community and Neighbourhood Services - Fort York Residence of
Toronto held an open house and tour today of its transitional housing and
shelter facility. The new building at 38 Bathurst Street will open this fall
with 24 self-contained transitional housing units and 74 dormitory-style
shelter beds. The program will be operated by the City of Toronto and provide
on-site life skills workshops, job placement services and housing help for
homeless men who are ready to leave emergency shelters.

The Government of Canada, the Province of Ontario, and the City of Toronto have
assembled the resources to make the development and ongoing operation of Fort
York Residence a reality. The capital and construction costs for the facility
are $4,750,000.

The Government of Canada, under the Supporting Communities Partnership
Initiative (SCPI) of the National Homelessness Initiative (NHI), contributed
$3,022,375 towards the project.

"This project is an excellent example of how the Government of Canada is
working with our provincial and municipal partners to provide local solutions
for transitional and affordable housing," said the Honourable Art Eggleton,
Member of Parliament for York Centre and Greater Toronto Area Caucus Chair. "It
is an impressive facility, funded by three levels of government, which offers
homeless men a way to move towards permanent housing and employment."

The Province of Ontario, through the Ministry of Community, Family and
Children's Services, will provide approximately $800,000 annually for Fort York
Residence for ongoing operating costs.

The City of Toronto contributed $1,727,625 in capital funding and the site
valued at $1,260,000 for this project and will provide $525,000 annually for
ongoing shelter costs.

"With the creation of Fort York Residence, the City of Toronto is making
another important step in moving towards long-term solutions to homelessness,"
said Councillor Joe Pantalone, Ward 19 Trinity-Spadina. "It is exciting to see
the federal and the provincial governments working closely with the City of
Toronto to provide housing and employment options for homeless people in our
community."

Since the Government of Canada launched the NHI in December 1999 to support
communities' efforts to help Canadians out of homelessness, more than $53
million has been invested in over 200 projects in Toronto. Building on the
successes achieved, the February 2003 Budget announced $405 million for three
years to continue the commitment to addressing homelessness in Canada.

As part of the NHI, the SCPI is continuing to make a difference by encouraging
the development of flexible, community-driven solutions to help alleviate
homelessness. Funding for the NHI is provided for in the February 2003 Federal
Budget.

Media contacts:

Deborah Wallace,
Government of Canada,
416-954-7302

Anne Machowski-Smith,
Ontario Ministry of Community, Family and Children's Services,
416-325-5156

Cynthia Ross,
City of Toronto,
416-392-0546




 

 

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