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No room in homeless shelters during cold alert: reports

January 27, 2013, NOW Magazine.

As Toronto entered the fourth day of an extreme cold weather alert on Thursday, homeless people trying to escape the frigid temperatures reported that there was no room for them in city shelters.
When the alert was issued on Monday, it automatically triggered emergency measures from the Shelter Support and Housing Administration that are designed to cope with higher numbers of people seeking respite from subzero temperatures. Among them were increased outreach to homeless people in the downtown core, the distribution of TTC tokens at drop-in centres, and the addition of 172 emergency beds throughout the system.