FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
NOVEMBER 20, 2018
THE INTERFAITH COALTION TO FIGHT HOMELESSNESS IS EXPANDING ITS PILOT PROJECT WITH THE CANADIAN MENTAL HEALTH ASSOCIATION TORONTO BRANCH, WITH FUNDING FROM THE CITY’S SHELTER SUPPORT HOUSING ADMINISTRATION, TO INCLUDE A TOTAL OF SEVEN OUT OF THE COLD SHELTERS
(TORONTO) The Interfaith Coaltion to Fight Homelessness (ICTFH) is expanding its pilot project with the Candian Mental Health Association Toronto Branch (CMHA Toronto). With funding from the City’s Shelter Support Housing Administration (SSHA), the project will now include a total of seven Out of the Cold Shelters (OOTCS).
The seven OOTCS are: Beth Sholom/Beth Tzedec, St. Brigid’s, St. Aidan’s Anglican, Yorkminster Park Baptist, First Interfaith, Eastminster United, and Blythwood Baptist. Each OOTCS will receive two mental health support workers once a week for four hours, over the course of 16 weeks, with the exception of Beth Sholom which will run for 12 weeks. Their primary responsibilities will include crisis prevention and intervention, assessment of needs, referrals to services, and provide resource information.
“With homelessness continuing to increase in Toronto, people need this kind of on the ground support the OOTCS provides, said Steve Lurie C.M., Executive Director, CMHA Toronto. “We know that just having someone to talk to about their situatuion is helpful. We are grateful that the IFCTF has asked us to partner with them to provide this service.”
Rafi Aaron, Spokesperson for the ICTFH, and the Co-Chair of the Beth Sholom/Beth Tzedec OOTCS, stated “we are over-the-moon thrilled that the pilot project has been expanded and will now be helping so many more of our guests. This is in keeping with ICTFH’s transformation of the OOTCS, where they become support support centres assisting our guest in getting off the streets.”
Both CMHA Toronto and ICTFH thanked Paul Raftis, General Manager of SSHA for supporting this program.
About CMHA Toronto:
CMHA Toronto promotes the mental health of all, and supports the resiilience and recovery of people experiencing mental illness by providing them with the supports and services they need in order to live, work, and belong in the community. For more information,visit: www.toronto.cmha.ca
About the Interfaith Coalition to Fight Homelessness:
The Interfaith Coalition to Fight Homelessness is comprised of a number of Out of the Cold Shelters, as well as clergy and faith based associations from across the religious spectrum, which support the Out of the Cold’s efforts to provide shelter, food and security to all Torontonians.
For further information about CMHA Toronto, please contact:
Rachel Tolkin, Communications Specialist
(416) 735-5201, firstname.lastname@example.org
For further information about The Interfaith Coalition to Fight Homelessness contact:
Rafi Aaron, Spokesperson