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September 27, 2002
Media Advisory: Jimmy Simpson Recreation Centre to remain open for two more days for people displaced from 429 Lake Shore Blvd. E. and 324 Cherry St.
  
Toronto Community and Neighbourhood Services -- Today, Phil Brown, General
Manager of Toronto Shelter, Housing and Support, announced that the Jimmy
Simpson Recreation Centre will remain open on Saturday, September 28, and
Sunday, September 29, to provide accommodations and other services for people
displaced from the site at 429 Lake Shore Blvd. E. and 324 Cherry St. The
people referred to motels will also have their stay extended until Sunday.

This will enable City staff to continue to take applications for the Emergency
Homelessness Pilot Project, which will increase the opportunities for homeless
persons to secure permanent rental housing through direct access to rent
supplement assistance.

As of 1 p.m. today, 24 applications for this pilot had already been taken.
Housing counsellors continue to be available at the Jimmy Simpson site.


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