TORONTO, Jan. 15 /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
While regular City services for homeless people are focused on permanent
housing, when severe winter weather is forecast, the priority becomes
one of immediate safety.
Year round, the City funds services throughout the city for people who
are homeless, including emergency shelters, drop-in centres, 24 hour
street respite, housing help, and 24 hour street outreach and
assistance to find and keep permanent housing.
During an Extreme Cold Weather Alert, street outreach workers focus on
convincing people to come inside and provide transportation to shelters
or overnight respite. In addition to ongoing outreach, during an alert:
More than 100 agencies are advised of the impending extreme weather and
reminded of the danger this poses to vulnerable clients
171 shelter spaces are added
Shelters relax any service restrictions they may have
TTC tokens are available at a number of drop ins for transportation to
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: 1-877-338-3398 (toll free
within the GTA).
If you see someone you feel requires street outreach assistance 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 2.6 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
Visit our website at www.toronto.ca
SOURCE City of Toronto
For further information:
Leisa Odlum, Strategic Communications, City of Toronto, 416-886-7697, firstname.lastname@example.org