New 24-hour Respite Sites are being created in response to high occupancy in the permanent shelter system and the growing need for homelessness services. Available 24/7, sites accept pets, provide a safe place to rest, get a meal, and find service referrals. All sites welcome people who are transgender or gender non-binary. Lower barriers to service make respite sites more accessible, especially to those who are vulnerable and who may not otherwise access conventional shelter services. 24-hour Respite Sites act as points of entry for clients to get into our system and take their first steps to finding permanent housing. Shelters in comparison, require commitments from clients, such as obligations to work with a case manager on a housing plan, or employment strategy.

Our existing shelter system is near capacity and more service is required to make sure that there is sufficient space for everyone who needs it. The City must act now to ensure we can provide all people who need it with a warm/cool, dry place to sleep and programs to help them out. The City has a plan to add 1,000 new shelter beds by 2020.

24-hour Respite Sites have been operating since fall 2017. Visit Homeless Help for a complete list of locations. Additional information about the temporary structures is available in a Media Backgrounder.

New Locations

To provide high-quality, accessible respite services in 2018/2019, City staff have secured three temporary 24-hour Respite Site structures, with an option for the fourth. These can be operational in locations across the City as part of the 2018/2019 Winter Respite Plan. The temporary respites will be provided by Sprung and built by BLT Construction Services.

Each new 24-hour Respite Site will have a Community and Client Engagement coordinator who will be responsible for proactively responding to and addressing local concerns. Residents are encouraged to contact their respective coordinator for any operational issues relating to their immediate 24-hour Respite Site.

701 Fleet St – The Gore 545 Lakeshore Blvd W (temporary 24-hour Respite Site until completion of structure at The Gore)

Opening date: 545 Lakeshore Boulevard West is currently operating. The Gore structure is expected to open January 2019.
Operator: Fred Victor 
Community and Client Engagement Coordinator: 
Sylvia Braithwaite
Phone: 416-482-4103 extension 313
Emailsbraithwaite@fredvictor.org
Fast Facts: 545 Lakeshore Blvd West & The Gore FAQ

1155 King Street West – Parking lot at Lamport Stadium

Opening date: December 2018
Operator: St. Felix
Community and Client Engagement Coordinator: 
Victoria Bowman
Phone: 416-203-1624
Email: contact@stfelixcentre.com