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Kenora Moving Forward lobbies for warming center

By Tim Davidson Jan 19, 2024 | 4:43 PM

The City of Kenora is again being asked to help find a warming center for the homeless population.

Meg Illman-White made a deputation to council on behalf of  Kenora Moving Forward.

“Our community needs a stable, reliable, permanent, 24 hour community space where people can find safety from the extreme cold and extreme heat and a sense of community and belonging,” Illman-White told council this week at their open meeting.

“KMF is asking the city to take immediate action this week to secure at least a temporary space, right now, in the dead of winter.”

Illman-White says the city needs to follow through on a resolution passed last year to assist in finding a suitable location for a warming center.

“KMF (Kenora Moving Forward) is asking for Kenora city council to report back on the progress being made for a permanent community space location,”

“To commit to developing an emergency weather plan for unsheltered in our community, and most immediately to make available the Rotary Room at the Kenora Rec. Center”.

In the meantime, Moving Kenora Forward is taking part in a Sacred Fire at the corner of Chipman and 1st Streets South.

It was started on Wednesday night and will last until Sunday night and is to focus attention on the immediate need for warming spaces in the city.