TORONTO, Jan. 2, 2012 /CNW/ - The City of Toronto has called an Extreme
Cold Weather Alert to ensure vulnerable homeless people are aware of
the dangers of cold weather and have safe and warm places to go. This
is in effect until further notice.
Extreme cold weather can be life-threatening to people who spend much of
their time outdoors.
Year round, through Shelter, Support and Housing Administration
Division, the City funds extensive services for people who are
homeless, including emergency shelters, drop-in centres, Streets to
Homes assistance to find and keep permanent housing, housing help and
24 hour street outreach services throughout the city, as well as 24
hour street respite. Throughout the winter, more services are
During an Extreme Cold Weather Alert, street outreach workers continue
to urge people to go inside and provide transportation to shelters or
overnight respite. In addition to ongoing outreach, during an alert:
Shelters relax any existing service restrictions
Street outreach is increased, focusing solely on warning clients of
danger and transporting them to warm places
TTC tokens are available at a number of drop-ins so people have
transportation to shelters
More than 100 agencies are advised of the impending extreme weather,
asked to relax any service restrictions they may have, and are
reminded of the danger this poses to vulnerable clients
172 shelter spaces are added
An alert is called when Environment Canada:
predicts a temperature of -15 degrees Celsius or lower, without wind
issues a wind chill warning for outdoor activity for people in the
Toronto area, and/or
predicts extreme weather conditions, such as a blizzard, ice storm or
sudden drops in temperature.
How to get an emergency shelter bed
Call 311. Or directly contact Central Intake toll free within the GTA: 1
877 338 3398.
If you see someone you think requires street outreach assistance during
an Extreme Cold Weather Alert, call 311. This is not an emergency
number. Dial 911 in an emergency.
For more information, visit www.toronto.ca/housing.
Toronto is Canada's largest city and sixth largest government, and home
to a diverse population of about 2.7 million people. Toronto's
government is dedicated to delivering customer service excellence,
creating a transparent and accountable government, reducing the size
and cost of government and building a transportation city. For
information on non-emergency City services and programs, Toronto
residents, businesses and visitors can dial 311, 24 hours a day, 7 days
SOURCE City of Toronto
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