Two people experiencing homelessness have died from the elements since the December holidays. It is unconscionable our City would delay opening warm and safe spaces for people to escape the bitter cold.
Send a letter to Mayor John Tory and your City Councillor urging Toronto's emergency warming centres are opened now. Please also support Stone Soup Network's campaign here:
Dear Mayor Tory,
I am joining the chorus of community advocates, faith leaders, and frontline workers and calling on you to take immediate action and open community warming centres ahead of the winter storm.
Two people experiencing homelessness have died from the elements since the December holidays. It is unconscionable you would delay opening warm and safe spaces for people to escape the bitter cold.
I also urge you to meet with organizers of the Stone Soup network to hear their demands to increase the number of warming centres across the GTA, make access to warming centres available 24 hours a day throughout the winter months, end encampment evictions and the destruction of survival gear, keep the current shelter spaces open, including the five shelter hotels slated for closing in 2023 and adding an additional 2,700 non-congregate spaces within the regular shelter system.
I believe we are a caring and compassionate city. I urge you to save this winter and open warming centres now.