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PW 2022 JUN 15 – Supplying water to Toronto’s homeless

Toronto Police Service’s 13 Division is partnering with various organizations to distribute 400,000 bottles of water

“The number of cases requested by agencies each year for clean drinking water is staggering,” said Jody Steinhauer, founder of Project Water, in a news release.

Access to life-saving water remains a challenge for relief agencies and outreach programs that provide aid to those living in shelters and on the city streets, the release states.

The problem is growing – the aftershock of COVID, the lack of affordable housing, the opioid crisis, poor hygiene, and a steady increase in refugees mean that the “mortality rate among this high-risk group could surpass critical numbers,” the release adds.

Since its inception in 2000, Project Water has placed in excess of two million bottles of water into the hands of people facing homelessness in Toronto and surrounding area.