It’s been confirmed that City has decided to install new respite centres this winter to help the homeless in Toronto.
The Green P parking lot behind Lamport Stadium in Liberty Village is said to be one of the temporary locations and is scheduled to open on the first of November.
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Last Monday an “Open House” took place for the residents of the Fort York area to discuss the $2.5-million pre-fab structure for transients that would soon be coming to a location in their neighbourhood. In attendance were several staff members from Shelter, SSHA (Shelter and Housing) and the Fred Victor Centre that were trying to sell citizens on the idea of the pre-fab structures. Attendees of the open house were greeted by the staff from these organizations who wore “Ask Me” tags and handed out brochures.
Gore Park which is located directly across from the Princess Gates is set to open as early as November. The soon to be installed structure will have no windows and only artificial light. It is said to house up to 100 people. That’s $25,000 per transient just to build, not including the cost per diem which is around $105 a night for each person sheltered. Similar shelters have been used for the homeless in many U.S. cities according to a rep of the Calgary company.
On September 5th, the beautiful heritage building located at 545 Lakeshore Blvd, was opened as a temporary low-barrier respite shelter. During the session on Monday, it was learned that residents had only known of the shelter a week prior to it’s opening and that was due to spotting 3 security officers in bullet proof vests out front.
Spokesman Patricia Anderson from SSHA stated that a total of three pre-fabs have been purchased (at $2.5-million a pop) with an option for a fourth, with no location being mentioned.