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December 16, 2004
Temporary referral centre for homeless people opens at 110 Edward
The City of Toronto is opening an assessment and referral centre at 110 Edward
St., in downtown Toronto near the intersection of Bay and Dundas Streets.

"The opening of 110 Edward provides additional opportunities for homeless
Torontonians to come in from the cold this winter," said Mayor David Miller.
"This facility will give people the help they need to move beyond the shelter
system and into housing."

The referral centre will open tonight at 8 p.m. and will be open seven days a
week from 8 p.m. to 8 a.m. until May 2005.

Referral centre staff will work in collaboration with the single adult and
youth shelters, Street Helpline, drop-ins and street outreach teams to
facilitate access to shelters and housing. The centre is intended to support
homeless people who do not traditionally use the permanent shelter system by
providing them with access to shelter and housing supports.

A shelter component will open at the Edward Street facility before Christmas
and operate on a 24-hour basis until May.

To get help for someone in need of shelter, call Street Helpline 1-866-392-3777
free from any payphone.

Media contacts:
Maura Lawless, Manager, Hostel Operations, Toronto Shelter, Housing & Support,
416-397-4493, or cell 416-575-5239
Cynthia Ross, Partnership Development, Toronto Shelter, Housing & Support,
416-392-0546 or cell 416-435-3838
Patchen Barss, Communications, Office of Mayor Miller, 416-338-7134



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