In Scarborough, homelessness is often hidden – and on Progress Avenue, a new respite centre for homeless people isn’t visible from the road.

People will be brought there, shuttled to part of an industrial plaza the City of Toronto co-owns, where they can get a hot meal, a shower and a floor mat to sleep on.

All day and night, staff can refer people to housing, or help with medical or mental health issues.

Before this, winter respite centres never appeared in Scarborough. Most have been downtown.