Extreme cold weather services now in effect for homeless people

    TORONTO, March 22 /CNW/ - The City of Toronto has activated additional
support services to help get homeless people in from the cold by calling an
extreme cold weather alert. The alert is in effect until further notice.
    While City services for homeless people are focused on permanent housing,
when severe winter weather is forecast, the priority becomes one of immediate
    Extreme cold weather alerts open an additional 80 emergency shelter
spaces in Toronto. An extended outreach effort sees vans patrolling city
streets overnight checking on homeless people and providing them with
transportation to shelter. TTC tickets are also available at drop-in centres,
to help homeless people reach shelters.
    The City's Hostel Services issues an extreme cold weather alert based on
information from Environment Canada that predicts Toronto will experience a
temperature of -15 degrees Celsius or lower without wind chill; a wind chill
worthy of a warning to curb outdoor activity; and/or extreme weather, such as
a blizzard or ice storm. Hostel Services can also call an alert or put on
extra services at when there are concerns about the safety of homeless people.
    For more information, visit www.toronto.ca/housing.

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to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine
of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America.
In the past three years, Toronto has won more than 70 awards for quality,
innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. Toronto's government
is dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents.

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For further information:

For further information: Media contact: Rob Andrusevich, Strategic
Communications Division, (416) 200-3660, randrus@toronto.ca

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