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Thursday, January 31, 2019

City of Hamilton - Community Cold Response

A Cold Alert triggers a Community Cold Response, which is put into effect by a number of community agencies as well as the City of Hamilton.

This response is broken into 2 different parts:

Outreach Response

Focus on access to safe and warm shelter to those on the street.

The Salvation Army acts as first contact for this effort and helps by:

~Partnering with local organizations who can help people access shelter
~Triages calls from the public about people on the street who may need shelter
~Arrange and visit people on the street and offer them shelter and support
~Monitoring shelter space and availability

If anyone is concerned about an individual on the street, the Salvation Army can be contacted at 905-527-1444 ext. 0.

Community Response

Focus on people living in poor conditions with limited heat.

~Drop-in programs relax their criteria for participation and may increase hours so people can access a warm place.
~City of Hamilton Recreation facilities are open during regular business hours for warmth.
~Recreation staff have shelter information if shelter at is needed.
~All organizations that serve vulnerable individuals should make contact to make sure they are safe.
~Check on neighbours who may be at risk to make sure they have heat

Questions about the Community Cold Response may be directed to 905-546-2424 ext. 8035.

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