The Don Mills Civitan Arena, just south of Lawrence Avenue West near the Shops at Don Mills, will double as a 24-hour homeless shelter this summer amid an unprecedented demand for shelter space in Toronto.

The hockey arena is one of two new respite centres scheduled to open this month, on a temporary basis, and will take clients from two existing shelters unable to continue operation in the Annex and on the Canadian National Exhibition grounds downtown.

The arena at 1030 Don Mills Rd. will open May 21 and will have 100 cots set up on the concrete pad where the ice is installed during the winter season.