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Winter shelter coming to Dartmouth to help homeless

By Caitlin Snow Nov 3, 2023 | 10:43 AM

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A temporary winter shelter is coming to Dartmouth at the former St. Paul’s Church on Windmill Rd.

The province says it will have 50 beds for all genders, for people aged 16 and older, with the option of adding more beds based on community need and extreme weather events.

Pets are also welcome.

It will be open every night until spring, with the option to extend.

Upwards Mobility Kitchens East will offer an evening meal and continental breakfast in the morning before it closes for the day.

“As the weather starts to get colder, I am pleased to say we have secured a location for the winter shelter,” said Trevor Boudreau, Minister of Community Services. “We know we need a variety of solutions to support people experiencing homelessness, and this shelter is one option that will help people now.”

Staff and support services will be provided by 902 Man Up, including connecting clients to community-based services and programming.

These services could include access to housing support, harm-reduction supports and help creating individualized plans for clients.

The HRM will be providing in-kind property maintenance support for the shelter site, including required inspections and any work required to bring the site to compliance.

The municipality will also be providing regular garbage pickup and snow clearing.

The shelter will open in mid-November.