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New winter shelter opening in Lower Sackville

By Steve MacArthur Dec 1, 2022 | 1:59 PM

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A winter shelter in Lower Sackville is getting nearly $400,000 from the province to help people stay warm as the colder weather sets in.

It will open in early December and have 20 beds. It’s open to anyone that needs a place to sleep, and is not gender specific.

The province has worked with partner Beacon House Interfaith Society on the project.

“Having a safe and warm place for people to sleep at night makes our communities safer and more welcoming places for all,” said Karla MacFarlane, Minister of Community Services. “This funding and our partnership with Beacon House will also support those experiencing homelessness to connect with services.”

Beacon House will provide staffing and support services at the new shelter. The Lower Sackville location is in addition to the recently announced 20-bed shelter in Dartmouth.

The Lower Sackville location is in addition to other emergency shelters recently announced  in the city.

A 20-bed overnight shelter for men will open on Dundas Street in Dartmouth on Monday, December 5, in partnership with Christ Church and 902 Man Up. A 40-bed shelter for all genders is open on North Park Street in Halifax, with services also provided by 902 Man Up.

New data shows the homeless population in the Halifax area is nearing 700 people.


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