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February 6, 2003
Media Advisory/Photo Opportunity: Agency forum on homelessness brings community groups together to look back, look ahead
At a two-day forum at Metro Hall (55 John Street), over 150 representatives
from community agencies and organizations serving homeless people will attend a
series of sessions aimed at the issue of combating homelessness in Toronto.
Many of these agencies have been involved in providing services to homeless
persons through the federal Supporting Communities Partnership Initiative

Members of the media are invited to attend the forum's wrap-up and closing
keynote sessions, along with the informal networking luncheon that will occur
on Friday, February 7, 2003. Speakers will include Maria Minna, MP,
Beaches-East York, and Councillor Olivia Chow
(Ward 20 Trinity-Spadina), Chair of the Community Services Committee. In the
closing keynote presentation, The Dream Team will feature the personal stories
of several psychiatric consumer survivors who have benefited from supportive
housing. Their presentation will conclude with a special "participaction" event.

Also of interest to the media is the forum exhibit hall, located in Room 308.
This exhibit will include displays of various community agencies and government
organizations, profiling projects and services connected to the Supporting
Communities Partnership Initiative (SCPI).

Date: Friday, February 7, 2003
Location: Metro Hall Council Chambers
55 John Street, 2nd Floor
Key times: Forum wrap-up and closing remarks: 12:30 p.m.
Closing keynote presentation:
The Dream Team: 12:50 pm.
Wrap-up luncheon: 1:15 p.m.
Exhibit hall: 12:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

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