The City of Kingston and the United Way KFL&A have announced the expansion of services and support options for individuals experiencing homelessness, thanks to a significant investment of financial resources.
Operated by Lionhearts, the Adelaide Drop-In warming center located at 38 Cowdy Street has been outfitted with 36 pods, which can accommodate up to 40 people on a first come, first served basis. In addition, Dawn House has opened a second location at 805 Ridley Drive, offering transitional housing for 12 women and women with children. The west wing of the building will initially offer 6 spaces, with an increase to a total of 17 spaces throughout the month of January.
The City’s efforts to combat homelessness in Kingston also include a partnership with St. Mary’s Church, located at 260 Brock Street, which will offer 12 overnight spaces for men only beginning on January 9th.
According to Lanie Hurdle, Chief Administrative Officer of the City of Kingston, “Supporting the expansion of services that offer unhoused individuals a safe, warm space to sleep is one part of the City’s approach in addressing homelessness in Kingston. We are continuing to work on collaborative efforts with community partners to ensure that all Kingston residents have access to housing supports and resources.”
Kingston Home Base Housing’s Street Outreach Team will continue to check on known individuals experiencing homelessness and the community is encouraged to reach out if they know of someone experiencing homelessness or are concerned about a person who may need help. You can alert the Street Outreach Team by calling 613-542-6672 ext.130 or sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
For those in distress, the Addiction and Mental Health – KFLA 24/7 Crisis Line can be reached at 613-544-4229 or 1-800-616-6005, and in case of emergency, 911 should be called immediately.