For Immediate Release
August 8, 2001

Keith Ward
Comissioner of Housing and Property and General Manager of Peel Living
Region of Peel
905-453-1300, Ext. 2518

Appliance Donation Helps Mavis Road Homeless Shelter

(Brampton) - The Region of Peel has purchased two refrigerators, a stove, a commercial washer and a dryer for its Mavis Road homeless shelter, using money donated by The Greater Toronto Apartment Association (GTAA).

"The Apartment Association has generously presented the Region with a cheque for $3,000 to buy the much-needed appliances for the Mississauga shelter," said Keith Ward, Commissioner of Housing and Property and General Manager of Peel Living for the Region of Peel. "The appliances at the shelter were old and needed replacing, and we greatly appreciate the donation from the GTAA."

The Greater Toronto Apartment Association (GTAA), which is based in Toronto, was established as a municipal association to advocate for the rental housing industry and to provide a source of vital information, representation and leadership in the rental housing industry.

"Each year, we raise funds which we donate to community organizations throughout the GTA who work on homelessness," said Brad Butt, Executive Director of the GTAA. "The Region's Mavis Road shelter provides a vital service to Mississauga and, as a result, was selected as one of the recipients of a grant."

The 54-bed Mavis Road shelter, operated by the Region of Peel and managed by the Salvation Army, is a temporary refuge for men and women. In 2000, 574 residents were admitted to the shelter. Regional and Salvation Army staff provide support services and referrals to community agencies, helping shelter residents work toward reintegrating into the community. Services which are offered include assistance to locate housing, employment assistance, assistance with access to primary health care, informal counselling, access to support groups (e.g. life skills, anger management, addiction intervention, AA, budget counselling), and opportunities for skills development.

The Region also operates a homeless shelter on Wilkinson Road in Brampton, providing shelter to men and women and offering programs similar to those offered at the Mavis Road shelter.

"The Region of Peel is working to address homelessness, and we welcome the support of generous community agencies like the GTAA who are helping us with this very important cause," said Ward.


Communication Services, 10 Peel Centre Dr., Brampton, ON L6T 4B9
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