winter emergency response
Each winter, Homeward Trust, along with its community partners, coordinates a Winter Emergency Response program. The funding provided by Homeward Trust through this program allows several city drop-ins to extend their operating hours—ensuring that homeless individuals are not left outside to face the harsh winter conditions. This program also funds a winter warming bus that provides services to people in need and helps connect them to emergency shelters.
2012/13 Winter Emergency Response Guides
The Winter Emergency Response Handbook includes information about hours of drop-in, food, shelters and resources. Also included is a map of the Homeward Trust Funded Agency locations and the Winter Warming Bus stops.
2011/2012 Winter Emergency Response Report
The 2011/2012 Winter Emergency Response (WER) program commenced November 7, 2011 and concluded on April 30, 2012.
2011/2012 WER agencies who partnered with Homeward Trust:
- Boyle Street Community Services (drop-in and warming bus)
- Jasper Place Health and Wellness Centre
- Mosaic Centre
- The Salvation Army
- Extended drop-in hours
- Hot meals
- Winter clothing (hats, mitts, coats, etc.) and footwear
- Referrals to other agencies
2011/2012 Key Findings:
- A total of 79,335 visits took place throughout the course of the WER program
- 6,661 rides were provided by the winter warming bus
- Approximately 74% of visitors were male, while nearly 26% were female
- Nearly 59% of visitors observed were Aboriginal, 38% observed were Caucasion and the additional 3% observed were either another ethinicity or new immigrants
- 81% of visitors were between the ages of 31-64
- A total of 125,141 meals were served