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January 20, 2003
Temporary Warming and Referral Centre for Homeless People Remains Open
Community and Neighbourhood Services - The temporary warming and referral
centre at Metro Hall, which has remained open throughout the weekend to provide
refuge for homeless and vulnerable people, will remain open overnight on Sunday
and Monday morning. A decision on whether to continue operating the centre,
based on the weather and the need, will be announced before noon on Monday,
January 20.

The centre has provided relief from the cold, hot beverages, as well as a point
of contact for people to gain access to shelter services. The warming and
referral centre has been provided in addition to existing Extreme Cold Weather
Alert services.

Since its opening on Friday evening, the centre has logged over 150 visits by
homeless people, provided more than 70 referrals to shelters, and arranged for
transportation to the shelters. In addition, outreach services have been

"Our efforts have been focussed on encouraging people to come inside," said
Phil Brown, the City's General Manager for Shelter, Housing and Support. "This
warming and referral centre has also provided an opportunity for people who are
homeless to connect with other services we offer."

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