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February 11, 2004
City of Toronto opens 2 Murray Street site as temporary winter emergency shelter and referral centre
  
The City of Toronto is opening an emergency winter shelter and referral centre
for up to 75 homeless persons at 2 Murray St., located in downtown Toronto near
the intersection of University Avenue and Gerrard Street West.

The temporary shelter and referral centre is scheduled to open on Thursday,
February 12 by 8 p.m. The facility will operate on a 24-hour basis for up to
eight weeks, until April 15. This facility will replace the Fort York Armoury,
which has been used as a temporary emergency shelter and referral centre since
January 15.

"I am pleased that arrangements have been made to use vacant space at the
Murray Street site to provide temporary emergency shelter for the city's
homeless. The opening of the building at 2 Murray St. provides additional
opportunities for homeless people to come in from the cold this winter," said
Mayor David Miller.

The Murray Street site will augment the existing permanent shelter beds
available in 66 other City and provincially funded facilities.

Media contacts:
Phil Brown, General Manager, Toronto Shelter, Housing and Support,
416-392-7885, or cell 416-435-8267
Cynthia Ross, Partnership Development, Toronto Shelter, Housing and Support,
416-392-0546 or cell 416-435-3838
Sean Goetz-Gadon, Special Housing Advisor, Office of Mayor Miller, 416-338-1143



 

 

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