Toronto contended with extended periods of extreme cold weather and significant pressures on its emergency shelter system this past winter. Cota stepped up to help out by providing by providing valuable assistance and support to emergency winter respite centres that were opened at Moss Park Armoury and Davenport Rd. sites. Thank you to the following Cota staff who agreed to be reassigned from their regular duties to provide assistance during this initiative:
The 2018 Toronto Street Needs Assessment (SNA) was a city-wide initiative that took place on the evening of April 26th. Teams comprised of Team Leads and Volunteer Surveyors, surveyed Toronto (either by walking outside or visiting city shelters indoors) with two goals in mind:
This initiative was part of the federal government’s national coordinated point-in-time count. Results will be included in the 2018 national snapshot of homelessness. The provincial government has recently made local homeless enumeration on a bi-annual basis a requirement for municipalities in order to receive funding for homelessness services.
Thank you to all Cota staff who volunteered their time to participate in the 2018 Street Needs Assessment (*the list below was sent to Cota from the City and may not include all those who volunteered):
Here are some comments and feedback from Cota staff who volunteered their time:
Cassandra Robinson (Team Lead, Cota) signed-up to volunteer for the SNA because she wanted the opportunity to be a part of a meaningful cause that voiced the opinions and concerns of those experiencing homelessness. She also hopes that this exercise will bring forth change and offer new resources for those experiencing homelessness.
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