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December 2, 2004
City Council approves winter plan to address street homelessness
TORONTO - City Council approved a plan today to address street homelessness for
the winter, which includes opening a temporary 80-bed shelter at 110 Edward
St., ramping up outreach work on the street and in shelters, and connecting
people who have been sleeping outside with the resources they need to get into
long-term housing.

The plan also calls for a warming centre and extended hours at drop-in centres
to ensure that people always have a place to come in from the cold.

"This is the first time the City has had a street homelessness plan in place
before the cold weather hits," said Mayor David Miller. "That allows us to be
smart about how we devote our resources, so we can be sure we're doing things
in a way that is both humane and effective in helping people get off the
streets and stay off."

Under the winter plan, street homeless persons will also receive needs
assessment and referral to hospital care, supportive and transitional housing,
mental health and addiction counseling, assistance in getting identification,
and many other services that will help them find housing.

Media contact:
Patchen Barss, Office of the Mayor, 416-338-7134



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