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January 15, 2004
Toronto opens Armoury as temporary emergency shelter
The City of Toronto, through the co-operation of the federal government
Department of National Defence, is opening an emergency shelter and referral
centre at Fort York Armoury. The centre will open at 8:00 p.m. tonight -
Thursday January 15th and will provide relief for 100 homeless people. Fort
York Armoury is located at 660 Fleet Street West (at Strachan Avenue) and will
operate on a 24-hour basis for an initial period of three weeks.

"We asked Minister of Defence David Pratt and the federal government to assist
the City by opening the Fort York Armoury," said Mayor Miller. "I am very
pleased that they acted so swiftly. We must be able to provide short term
solutions in times of great need, such as when the temperature is low enough to
seriously endanger homeless people," said Mayor Miller.

The Fort York Armoury will augment the existing permanent shelter beds
available in 66 other City and provincially funded facilities. The last time
Toronto federal armouries were opened as temporary shelters was in 1999.

Media contacts:
Phil Brown
General Manager, Toronto Shelter, Housing & Support
cell 416-435-8267

Rosemary Bennett
Manager, Communication, Toronto Community and Neighbourhood Services
pager 416-328-4402

Andrea Addario
Office of Mayor Miller



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