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February 27, 2008
Media Advisory - Extreme cold weather services now in effect for homeless people
  
The City of Toronto has activated additional support services to help get homeless people in from the cold by calling an Extreme Cold Weather Alert. The alert is in effect until further notice.

While City services for homeless people are focused on permanent housing, when severe winter weather is forecast, the priority becomes one of immediate safety.

Extreme Cold Weather Alerts open an additional 80 emergency shelter spaces in Toronto. An extended outreach effort sees additional vans patrolling city streets overnight checking on homeless people and providing them with transportation to shelter. TTC tickets are also available at drop-in centres, to help homeless people reach shelters.

The City’s Hostel Services issues an Extreme Cold Weather Alert based on information from Environment Canada that predicts Toronto will experience a temperature of -15 degrees Celsius or lower without wind chill; a wind chill worthy of a warning to curb outdoor activity; and/or extreme weather, such as a blizzard or ice storm. The Director of Hostel Services can also call an alert or put on extra services at her discretion when there are concerns about the safety of homeless people.

For more information, visit www.toronto.ca/housing.

Toronto is Canada’s largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America. In the past three years, Toronto has won more than 70 awards for quality, innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. Toronto’s government is dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents.


Media contacts:

Elaine Smyer, Emergency Planning, Shelter, Support and Housing Administration, 416-397-1384, 647-321-7823 (cell), esmyer@toronto.ca
Patricia Anderson, Manager, Shelter, Support and Housing Administration, 416-397-4328, 647-272-8935 (cell), panders@toronto.ca


 

 

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