[Hpn] Re: Restroom Access Initiatives INFO REQUEST by Toronto planner (fwd)

Cathy Crowe ccrowe@ctchc.com
Mon, 04 Jun 2001 09:19:44 -0400

I would urge you to hold a community meeting and invite us to give you
feedback in person. Some of this work originates from the 1998 State of
Emergency Declaration appendix that dealt with immedite relief measures in
the city for homeless people. Since then we have had numerous deputations on
this issue and most recently at the Homeless Advisory Committee staff were
asked to work on this issue. I am happy about that however the meeting
called did not give enough notice for people to come.

I would also invite you to come to the next Street Nurses meeting. Contact
Kathy Hardill for details 416-364-2261

Thanks, Cathy Crowe, RN

Tom Boland wrote:

> Public Restroom Initiatives - Toronto planner seeks models (fwd)
> FWD              29 May 2001
> REPLY TO author: "Mila Garcia" <metrocom.mila@metrocom.mail.net>
> Hi everyone:
> Here at the City of Toronto we are trying to develop strategies to
> increase the access to public washrooms on (a 24 hour basis) for people
> who are homeless. This is primarily for people living on the street or
> in our parks who need access to washrooms, both during the day and
> overnight when many of the recreation centres close their facilities.
> Access to shower facilities is also an issue. Homeless service providers
> also comment on their limited ability to meet the demand for toilet and
> shower facilities in drop-ins, etc.
> In the past, public washrooms in Toronto were open overnight but there
> were a host of issues (safety, etc) and problems as the sites were not
> supervised on a 24 hour basis. Currently, this level of support is not
> feasible within the city's existing budget.
> Therefore, we are looking at ways to develop new solutions or enhance
> existing services where we can and potentially to optimize the use of
> provincial and federal funding dollars where applicable, and
> appropriate, given the estimated need for this type of service.
> We would be interested to hear how other cities may have dealt with this
> issue. For example, have port-a-potties (portable toilets) been tried?
> were they successful? how have safety issues been addressed?
> Any input, feedback or ideas would be appreciated.
> Thank you.
> Mila Garcia
> Research Analyst
> Social Development and Administration Division
> Community and Neighbourhood Services
> City of Toronto
> (416)392-5140
> e-mail:     metrocom.mila@metrocom.mail.net
> or            mgarcia@city.toronto.on.ca
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