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November 10, 2004
Landlords thanked for making a difference
  
Toronto's Shelter, Housing and Support division recognized more than 25
landlords for their ongoing commitment and support in housing homeless
families. Family Residence, a City of Toronto shelter, has been diligently
building relationships with landlords in Toronto to help move people from the
shelter system into permanent housing.

Family Residence, which has received exceptional support from many landlords,
formally recognized their contribution at a ceremony today. Since 2001, more
than 200 families including 444 children have moved from homelessness to
housing through the program.

"The contributions made by these landlords in housing families who are homeless
should be applauded," said Phil Brown, General Manager, Shelter, Housing and
Support. "This is a great example of how private sector partnerships and
innovative ideas can help."

"The housing program at Family Residence shows that, with support, homeless
families can find and maintain stable housing," said Leslie Jardine, Manager of
Family Residence. "The landlords honoured here today are supportive and
understanding, and are the reason so many families have homes."

Through the Housing Support and Follow-up Program and the relationships with
landlords, Family Residence matches homeless families with appropriate private
market housing. The program frees up space in shelters and shortens the time
that families stay in emergency housing.

Media contacts:
Shari Kamali, Toronto Shelter, Housing & Support, 416-397-1319
Cynthia Ross, Toronto Shelter, Housing & Support, 416-392-0546



 

 

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