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Changes at Respites and Shelters

FYI: This update shows a reduction of respites but an increase of shelter beds. There were totals of 905 beds in winter and there will be 780 in July.The assumptions and claims may not be credible for people waiting for Housing First.

From the City: Backgrounder: Spring transition plan for service at the City of Toronto’s 24-hour respite sites

//www.toronto.ca/home/media-room/backgrounders-other-resources/backgrounder-spring-transition-plan-for-service-at-the-city-of-torontos-24-hour-respite-sites/

Chart Summary: Toronto’s 2018-19 winter season began with almost 400 24-hour respite spaces available in November 2018. During the coldest part of the 2019 winter season, the number increased to about 900 spaces. This spring, the City has been able to open 352 new shelter beds and maintain 429 24-hour respite spaces. For a total on July 1 of 780 respite + new shelter beds.

  • The 24-hour respite site at 701 Fleet Street will open on May 27, 2019. Initially, this site will accept clients from other sites in transition, in early June the program will open for general referrals.
  • As of May 31, 2019, the temporary shelter at 545 Lakeshore Blvd. W. will serve 100 women and 50 couples.
  • The 24-hour respite site at 354 George Street will close June 3, 2019, to allow for needed renovations so that it can reopen in the fall as part of the GSR transition.
  • 24-hour respite site service at 201 Cowan Ave. will close on June 15, 2019. The capacity will be reduced gradually prior to the site’s closure.
  • We will also suspend overnight service at 25 Augusta Ave. on June 15, 2019, until next winter (the location will continue to operate daytime drop-in service). The capacity will be reduced gradually prior to the site’s closure.
  • Throughout each transition, Streets to Homes staff, along with caseworker staff from our community partners, will assist clients with referrals to service.
    Location 1-Jul

    2018

    15-Sep

    2018

    1-Dec

    2018

    15-Feb

    2019

    31-May

    2019

    1-Jul

    2019

    1030 Don Mills Rd Respite 90 0 0 0 0 0
    201 Cowan Ave Respite 21 21 21 21 17 0
    354 George St Respite 105 105 105 105 105 0
    4100 Dundas Respite 120 0 0 0 0 0
    21 Park Rd Respite 30 30 30 30 30 30
    323 Dundas St E Respite 50 50 50 50 50 50
    Queen Elizabeth Respite 0 0 200 200 0 0
    25 Augusta Ave Respite 50 50 50 50 50 0
    69 Fraser Ave Respite 100 100 100
    705 Progress Respite 49 49 49 49 49 49
    545 Lakeshore Blvd W Respite 100 200 200 0 0
    701 Fleet St Respite 100 100
    351 Lakeshore Blvd E Respite 100 100
    545 Lakeshore Blvd W Shelter 125 200
    2671 Islington Ave Shelter 45 45 45
    348 Davenport Rd Shelter 55 55 55
    747 Warden Ave Shelter 35 51
    Subtotal, 24-hour Respite Sites 515 405 705 805 601 429
    Subtotal, New Shelters 100 276 351
    Total, All Spaces & Beds 515 405 705 905 861 780

    Staff of Shelter, Support and Housing Administration will continue to monitor the situation to ensure that space is available for people in need who are looking to “come inside” for warmth and support.

    Media contact: Greg Seraganian, Shelter, Support and Housing Administration
    416-397-4431, Greg.Seraganian@toronto.ca

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