Media Advisory - Extreme cold weather services now in effect for homeless people

    TORONTO, Jan. 30 /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 additional 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. The Director of Hostel Services can also call an
alert or put on extra services at her discretion when there are concerns about
the safety of homeless people.
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For further information: Media contacts: Elaine Smyer, (416) 397-1384 or
(647) 321-7823,; Patricia Anderson (416) 397-4328 or (647)

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