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The staff at 60 Richmond Drop-In, members of CUPE Local 4308, know first hand that the last thing Toronto needs is fewer supports for homeless residents. But, that’s exactly what’s going to happen unless more funding is provided to Central Neighbourhood House (CNH). Almost 200 homeless women and men visit the Drop-In operated by CNH every day. But, without additional funds, as of April 1:
  • the morning hot breakfast program will be gone
  • the drop-in will not open until 10 a.m.
  • it will close at 2 p.m.
That will mean less access for homeless Torontonians to free laundry, showers, sleep and meals. It will mean fewer hours for medical, mental health, housing and legal services. It will be harder to get help with ID replacement, resume preparation, job searches and referrals to other supports – because the cuts will affect the frontline, kitchen and relief staff who work at the drop-in.

All of this will be lost for the sake of an additional $250,000 per year. CNH operates the drop-in seven days a week, but is funded for only three days. We need an increase from the City of Toronto NOW!

You can help the sisters and brothers in Local 4308 by clicking here to send a fax to Eric Gamm, Commissioner of Community & Neighbourhood Services for the City of Toronto.