May 27, 2019

The City of Toronto announced details about its 2018-19 winter service plan in November. The plan, which aimed to ensure that safe, welcoming places were available for all who needed them during winter weather, was informed by the previous winter’s experience and was supported by recommendations from the City’s Ombudsman. This was the fifth straight year the City increased the number of spaces available at 24-hour respite sites during the winter.

As the City plans for service moving forward, temporary programs for some 24-hour respite sites will transition to new locations. The City is working closely with its community partners to ensure an effective transition for each location.

Housing First, the approach the City has taken in addressing homelessness, focuses on helping people find permanent housing as quickly as possible, and on providing the supports they need to sustain it. The City is actively working with clients and will continue to focus on helping people find permanent housing as quickly as possible.

Details follow on this spring’s transition of Toronto’s 24-hour respite sites:

  • The 24-hour respite site at 701 Fleet Street will open on May 27, 2019. Initially, this site will accept clients from other sites in transition, in early June the program will open for general referrals.
  • As of May 31, 2019, the temporary shelter at 545 Lakeshore Blvd. W. will serve 100 women and 50 couples.
  • The 24-hour respite site at 354 George Street will close June 3, 2019, to allow for needed renovations so that it can reopen in the fall as part of the GSR transition.
  • 24-hour respite site service at 201 Cowan Ave. will close on June 15, 2019. The capacity will be reduced gradually prior to the site’s closure.
  • We will also suspend overnight service at 25 Augusta Ave. on June 15, 2019, until next winter (the location will continue to operate daytime drop-in service). The capacity will be reduced gradually prior to the site’s closure.
  • Throughout each transition, Streets to Homes staff, along with caseworker staff from our community partners, will assist clients with referrals to service.

Description: This image is a stacked column chart showing total available spaces and beds in 24 hour respite sites for six dates from July 1, 2018 to July 1, 2019. On July 1, 2018, there were 515 respite spaces and 0 new shelter beds for a total of 515 spaces and beds. On September 15, 2018, there were 405 respite spaces and 0 new shelter beds for a total of 405 spaces and beds. On December 1, 2018, there were 705 respite spaces and 0 new shelter beds for a total of 705 spaces and beds. On February 15, 2019, there were 805 respite spaces and 100 new shelter beds for a total of 905 spaces and beds. By May 31, 2019, there will be 601 respite spaces and 260 new shelter beds for a total of 861 spaces and beds. By July 1, 2019, there will be 429 respite spaces and 351 new shelter beds for a total of 780 spaces and beds.

 

Location

1-Jul

2018

15-Sep

2018

1-Dec

2018

15-Feb

2019

31-May

2019

1-Jul

2019

1030 Don Mills Rd Respite

90

0 0 0 0

0

201 Cowan Ave Respite

21

21 21 21 17

0

354 George St Respite

105

105 105 105 105

0

4100 Dundas Respite

120

0 0 0 0

0

21 Park Rd Respite

30

30 30 30 30

30

323 Dundas St E Respite

50

50 50 50 50

50

Queen Elizabeth Respite

0

0 200 200 0

0

25 Augusta Ave Respite

50

50 50 50 50

0

69 Fraser Ave Respite

100

100

100

705 Progress Respite

49

49 49 49 49

49

545 Lakeshore Blvd W Respite

100

200 200 0

0

701 Fleet St Respite

100

100

351 Lakeshore Blvd E Respite

100

100

545 Lakeshore Blvd W Shelter

125

200

2671 Islington Ave Shelter

45

45

45

348 Davenport Rd Shelter

55

55

55

747 Warden Ave Shelter

35

51

Subtotal, 24-hour Respite Sites

515

405 705 805 601

429

Subtotal, New Shelters

100

276

351

Total, All Spaces & Beds

515

405 705 905 861

780

 

Toronto’s 2018-19 winter season began with almost 400 24-hour respite spaces available in November 2018. During the coldest part of the 2019 winter season, the number increased to about 900 spaces. This spring, the City has been able to open 352 new shelter beds and maintain approximately 400 24-hour respite spaces.

The City anticipates making further program changes later in the summer and will provide further information as the changes are confirmed.

Staff of Shelter, Support and Housing Administration will continue to monitor the situation to ensure that space is available for people in need who are looking to “come inside” for warmth and support.

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Media contact: Greg Seraganian, Shelter, Support and Housing Administration
416-397-4431, Greg.Seraganian@toronto.ca