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About 200 homeless women and men risk losing access to support services such as showers, laundry and counseling because of inadequate funding, say members of CUPE Local 4308.

The staff at Central Neighbourhood House in Toronto made their case before the city’s budget and finance committees February 17.

Without additional funding, the agency’s board has said it will cut services as of April 1. That means the morning breakfast program will be gone, the drop-in will not open until 10:00 a.m. and it will close at 2:00 p.m.

“That is a drastic cut to a service that is used by about 200 people every day,” says local president Kelly O’Sullivan. “The last thing this city needs is fewer supports for homeless people.”

The cuts will mean less access for homeless Torontonians to free laundry, showers, sleep and meals as well as fewer hours for medical, mental health, housing and legal services. A total of 15 full-time and part-time staff will also be affected.