24-hour respite sites

Respite sites are located throughout the city and offer a place to rest, meals, service referrals and programming.  Calling Central Intake in advance is recommended to minimize unnecessary travel in keeping with physical distancing guidelines provided by Toronto Public Health. Search on an interactive map for these programs. During the COVID-19 pandemic, please assist clients seeking shelter to contact Central Intake to be referred to a 24-hour respite site or emergency shelter. 

Day-time drop-ins

Drop-ins provide a range of services that may include food, healthcare, showers, laundry, information and referrals, and social and recreational activities to people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.  During COVID-19, most drop-in programs remain open, although many have adjusted their services to accommodate physical distancing measures. Locations are available at: https://www.toronto.ca/community-people/housing-shelter/homeless-help/#dropin

Warming Centres

Warming Centres are activated when an Extreme Cold Weather Alert is issued.  Services vary, depending the facility, and provide at minimum snacks, a place to rest and referrals to emergency shelter.

Warming Centres become available by 7 p.m. on the day an Extreme Cold Weather Alert is called. They close at noon on the day the alert is terminated.

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