Low Barrier Emergency Shelter Program to Open in late November
Oct 25, 2016
The City of Greater Sudbury, in partnership with the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) of Sudbury/Manitoulin, is pleased to announce the opening of the Low Barrier Emergency Shelter Program later in November at 200 Larch Street.
The Low Barrier Emergency Shelter Program, previously called the Out of the Cold program, will provide temporary cots and a warm, safe place to sleep for homeless and vulnerable individuals during the winter months. The program will offer services to persons who are under the influence or otherwise disconnected from mainstream shelter services.
"The City of Greater Sudbury is pleased we can continue to enhance shelter programs for our most vulnerable population," said Mayor Brian Bigger. “I want to thank our partners in the community for their continued help to provide this very important service.”
The Low Barrier Emergency Shelter program is an enhancement to the existing 64 emergency shelter beds that the City funds for men, women and children, and youth. The need to increase the diversity of emergency shelter options was identified as a priority in the City of Greater Sudbury’s 10-year Housing and Homelessness Plan.
“We are pleased to be awarded the opportunity to provide the service of the Low Barrier Emergency Shelter to the Sudbury community, “said Marion Quigley, CEO of the Canadian Mental Health Association for Sudbury/ Manitoulin. “We look forward to providing an inclusive environment for individuals who are homeless or at risk of homelessness during the upcoming winter months.”
The Low Barrier Emergency Shelter Program will operate from 8:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m. seven days per week until April 15,, 2017.
The City continues to work with community partners to coordinate and enhance programs for vulnerable persons in the community.