Salvation Army looking to Leslieville for men's homeless shelter

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The Salvation Army is proposing to open a men's homeless shelter in Leslieville at Eastern Ave. and Leslie St.

In a letter to area residents, the charity organization said it's proposing an 80-bed shelter for homeless men between the ages of 18 and 70-plus that would offer three meals a day, counseling, housing placement and referrals to other services. The shelter would provide support 24/7 and residents wouldn't have to leave during the daytime.

The Salvation Army has been on the search for nearly two years for a suitable replacement location after the lease ended on its Hope Shelter at College and McCaul.

While the location complies with Toronto's Municipal Shelter By-law requirements, city council must still approve a shelter for use at this site. The first step in the approval process is a city staff report to the Community Development and Recreation Committee scheduled for Wednesday, Jan. 27. To voice your view or to speak at the meeting, you can email or call 416-338-5089.

Council will then vote on the shelter location at its Feb. 3 and 4 meeting.

The community is invited to learn more about the proposal at a drop-in open house hosted by the Salvation Army and the City of Toronto’s Hostel Services Division on Saturday, Jan. 16 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at 30 Knox Ave. (Toronto Fire and EMS Training Centre).

Ward 32 Councillor Mary-Margaret McMahon, as well as representatives from the City of Toronto and 55 Division police station will be on hand to field questions.