Councillor Sarah Doucette shelter update for Friday June 10th 2016

Monday, June 13: Community Meeting Regarding Proposed Shelter at 731 Runnymede Rd. (South of St. Clair) 

As previously noted in this newsletter, City Staff have recommended a new 24-hour men’s shelter with supportive services be built at 731 Runnymede Road in Ward 11 (just North of Ward 13’s boundary). This location was chosen based on the requirements of the Municipal Shelter By-law, which include being on a minor arterial road with access to transit.

 

The shelter will be operated by City staff.

It will provide 24/7 services including: meals, counselling/case management, assistance to find housing, and access to employability programs for up to 100 men.

The shelter will be fully compliant with the Toronto Shelter Standards once it is renovated.

A Community Liaison Committee consisting of local residents, shelter staff, Councillors, Toronto Police, clients and other stakeholders will be struck prior to the shelter opening.

In order to get information to concerned residents in Ward 13, I have distributed leaflets throughout the Junction and will host a community information meeting on:

 

Monday, June 13, 2016

7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Annette Community Recreation Centre (Gymnasium)

333 Annette St.

Read the meeting notice and my letter on my website.

 

The meeting will be an opportunity to hear from City Staff about the plan and ask questions. 
City Council will vote on the location of this shelter at the July 12-14 meeting, and it will be discussed at the Community Development and Recreation Committee on June 23. Residents can register to make a deputation at CDR Committee by contacting: cdrc@toronto.ca. 
Yesterday, I attended Councillor Nunziata’s community meeting where I heard from a number of residents, including a number from our ward, who have concerns about what this proposal means for their neighbourhood. I also had some thoughtful conversations on the doorsteps with Ward 13 residents this morning. I am listening to those concerns and I am working with City Staff, residents and the Ward 11 Councillor to find solutions.

 

For more information on the shelter and to read answers to common questions about the proposal, please visit the Shelter and Supportive Housing Administration website. 

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