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October 7, 2004
Salvation Army City Core breaks new ground in Toronto
  
TORONTO, ONTARIO - Today, representatives from The Salvation Army and all three
orders of government dug in their shovels to celebrate the start of
construction on The Salvation Army's "City Core Project."

"The Salvation Army is proud to be sponsoring this faith-based project whose
mission is to make a positive difference in people's lives. We value the strong
partnerships with the Government of Canada, the Government of Ontario, the City
of Toronto and the many donors without whom the project would not be possible,"
said Major Malcolm Robinson, Divisional Commander for The Salvation Army
Ontario Central Division.

"Shelter is the foundation upon which healthy communities and individual
dignity are built," said the Honourable Bill Graham, Minister of National
Defence, on behalf of the Honourable Joe Fontana, Minister of Labour and
Housing. "It is projects such as this one that will assist our communities to
address homelessness."

"The Salvation Army has been lending a hand-up to people for as long as anyone
can remember," said Ontario Health Minister George Smitherman. "This new
facility will help those in need for generations to come."

"The Salvation Army has been doing exceptional work in this neighbourhood for
nearly 50 years," said Councillor Kyle Rae, Ward 27, Toronto Centre - Rosedale.
"I am thrilled to mark the construction of this much needed new facility."

When completed, the site will feature a seven-storey structure with four major
components, a 125-seat Community Church, a 98-unit transitional housing
facility, a supporting housing wing for up to 85 men and newcomer settlement
services such as English as a Second Language instruction.

Two million dollars in funding has been allocated from the Government of
Canada's Supporting Communities Partnership Initiative (SCPI), administered by
the City of Toronto, for the construction of the transitional housing units.
The Ontario Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing will provide rent
supplements for all 98 units. The Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care
has contributed $6.8 million for the supportive housing facility and will
contribute $1.49 million annually for its operation. The Salvation Army has
raised nearly $17.2 million in other donations to make this project possible.

For information contact:
Major Ken Percy
The Salvation Army
416-321-2624
416-898-0264 (cell)

Catherine Kaye
Government of Canada
416-954-7302

Dan Strasbourg
Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care
416-314-6197

Cynthia Ross
City of Toronto
416-392-0546



 

 

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