TORONTO — Toronto escorts gave a record $1,873,622 to a charity for a program that helps homeless people get jobs and housing.
Toronto police said in a news release Monday that the program was launched by the Toronto Escort Association and is part of the city’s Work for Homeless Initiative.
It was announced that the Toronto escort program has received a $750,000 grant from the Ontario government to run for three years.
The money will be used to provide $1 million in grants and to establish the program as a 501(c)3 charity.
“Our aim is to increase access to employment and to give the opportunity to people who are homeless,” Det.
Chief Chris Lewis of the Toronto police’s public affairs division said in the release.
According to the police, the program has been running in Toronto since August 2015 and has trained nearly 1,000 escorts.
Lewis said the program is expected to be operational for six months, providing services to about 4,000 homeless people.
The program was founded in 2003 by a group of escorts who are volunteers who meet weekly to discuss how to make a living.
The Toronto Escorts Association said in its news release that the aim of the program, which is now in its fourth year, is to provide a safe, stable and stable living environment for those living on the streets.
“The aim is for the program to serve as a model and model to the other communities of Toronto,” the statement said.