A new respite centre has opened at the Davenport Triangle, and will be converted into a permanent homeless shelter later this year.

The location is where Dupont Street meets Davenport Road, close to the Casa Loma campus of George Brown College, has up space for up to 100 people. When converted to a shelter, 348 Davenport will have beds for up to 90 people.

The shelter will be a small step in filling an urgent need for beds in Toronto. Current estimates say 1000-1500 additional beds are needed to fill the demand for shelter spaces in the city.

Joe Cressy, a city councillor in the area, points out that this location is going to be part of a new model for shelters in the city, one with daytime supportive services.