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September 26, 2002
Toronto Shelter, Housing and Support announces new plans to assist people evicted from Home Depot site
  
The following release was issued on the evening of Wednesday, September 25,
2002.

At a special briefing session this evening, Phil Brown, General Manager of
Toronto Shelter, Housing and Support, provided an outline of the divisions
activities to date and the future steps that will be taken to assist the people
evicted from the Home Depot site.

On the evening of Tuesday, September 24, the division activated its Critical
Incident Response Plan, which included opening a reception centre at WoodGreen
Community Centre. This site included spaces for 40 persons to remain overnight,
and will remain open this evening. Staff from various partner agencies and
Shelter Operations were on site to provide a variety of services, including
referrals to other accommodations in the existing shelter system.

The division also activated its extreme weather emergency system, which
includes opening space in the existing shelter system to accommodate a further
70 people. As well, a limited number of spaces in motels were provided on a
case by case basis.

A total of 51 individuals registered through the intake process at the
WoodGreen site. Eight couples and one adult male were placed in motel rooms, 22
people remained overnight at WoodGreen Community Centre, one person was
assisted to obtain housing with a friend, and 13 individuals made their own
arrangements.

As of noon today, 23 individuals were present at the WoodGreen site. Since the
need for assistance is continuing, the 40 accommodation spaces at this site and
the 70 through the extreme weather emergency system will remain open tonight.
For the evenings of Thursday, September 26 and Friday, September 27, the
WoodGreen site will be closed and an alternate location will be opened at Jimmy
Simpson Recreation Centre, located at 870 Queen St. E., just across the street
from the WoodGreen site. The Jimmy Simpson site will offer accommodation for up
to 25 spaces.

Toronto Shelter, Housing and Support has sent counsellors out to meet with all
individuals placed in motel accommodation, and will work with them through the
Family Residence program to assess needs and develop case plans, and to seek
longer-term housing solutions. Housing counsellors are also working with guests
at the emergency response site.


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