Welcome To
Acadia Broadcasting NewsThe Latest and Greatest ContentYour Trusted Local Source


Source: Halifax Forum

N.S. gov’t “cannot force homeless into shelters”

By Steve MacArthur Jan 24, 2024 | 5:15 PM

The Nova Scotia government says they cannot force homeless people to relocate to the new shelter at the Halifax Forum.

The Department of Community Services is responding to those who refused to take a spot at the new 70 bed shelter.

“Shelters aren’t glamorous. But they are warm. They provide people with meals and a hot shower and keep people from being exposed to the elements,” wrote spokesperson Christina Deveau in an email. “ There is more support for people experiencing homelessness now than ever before. That’s why it is frustrating to know that there is the capacity for people to move inside but see people refuse to do so.

A Halifax Transit bus arrived at the Cobequid tent city on Tuesday, but no one took the ride. Dozens of people have been sleeping in tents and makeshift shelters at the ball field near the hospital for months.

“Our partners have been working to make adjustments where possible to increase privacy. We urge people sleeping rough to reach out to outreach workers or service providers and come inside or call 211 to find out what supports are available in their community,” stated Deveau.

She add some changes are being made to give people more privacy at the forum, which the province spent $3 million to turn into a shelter.

“ At the end of the day, we cannot force someone into a shelter. But being in a shelter is warmer and safer as opposed to sleeping outdoors. We encourage people to come inside.”