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Toronto, Jan 25 (Canadian-Media): Toronto Mayor John Tory had issued the following statement to launch the opening of 348 Davenport respite this weekend:
“There is no greater responsibility this City has than ensuring everyone that wants shelter, has access to shelter, while we address the crucial shortage of affordable and supportive housing.
Our conscience as members of this City Council, as people elected to come here and deal with these issues and deal with the problems of our most vulnerable people, should guide our actions as we work to address homelessness and the roots of homelessness.
City staff have worked hard to open 348 Davenport Ave. as an eighth winter respite site this weekend. It will provide beds for 90 people until mid-April when it will be renovated into a permanent shelter location.
I know our shelter, support and housing staff will be working with local residents to ensure this respite and the shelter that will replace it, will be part of the community. I am happy to work with our staff, Councillor Cressy and neighbouring residents to make 348 Davenport a success for all concerned.
I have made it clear that I believe we need more places in our city to help our homeless find shelter - this is the right thing to do. Working to ensure these locations are located seamlessly in communities, and are part of their communities, is a collective effort which requires the cooperation and the sensitivity of every single Torontonian just as it is the responsibility of everyone to fight homelessness."
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)