Physical-Distancing Shelter Opens Friday

Published on: 2020/04/02 - in News

The City and its community partners will be assisting Home Base Housing to open a temporary Physical-distancing Shelter at 670 MacLean Ct. – the former home of Fairfield Manor East – this Friday, April 3.

“The Housing and Social Services Department confirms that the City’s shelter system is now operating within its capacity with slight increases in demand,” states a City release. “The Physical-distancing Shelter will offer vulnerable residents and people who are homeless a place to seek support while safely physically distancing.”

The new shelter will operate similar to the In From the Cold shelter, with additional COVID-19 measures in place that include the KFL&A Public Health supported set-up of space for physical distancing.

Anyone experiencing homelessness, or is concerned about a person in need of help, is asked to alert the Street Outreach Team by calling 613-531-3779 ext. 131. The Outreach Team has been re-doubling its efforts to make contact with those who are experiencing homelessness and encourage shelter usage.

“We would like to thank those who are experiencing homelessness who are working with us to act responsibly and access services safely. Imagine adding extra layers of prevention and caution to the difficulty of being homeless,” said Tom Greening, CEO, Home Base Housing. “We would also like to thank the community for accepting this temporary space.”

Stay up-to-date by visiting the City’s COVID-19 Precautions page and find answers to frequently asked questions about COVID-19 on the KFL&A Public Health site.

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