A new operator has been announced to operate an emergency shelter for those experiencing unshletered homelessness in our region in fall 2022.
Services and Housing in the Province (SHIP) will operate the emergency shelter at YW's "Community Room Space" located at 84 Frederick Street in Kitchener.
The region said in a release that it's anticipated to support up to 50 men for up to one year. The shelter will operate as an overnight shelter to begin, and will later operate 24/7 once staffing and operational plans are in place.
"We are pleased to be working with SHIP as we work to expand our Emergency Shelter program as part of our Interim Housing Solutions strategy," said Kelly-Anne Salerno, Assistant Director of Housing Operations and Administration in a release. "Housing Services staff are finalizing the operational details and agreements with the YW and SHIP. The goal is to open this Emergency Shelter location as quickly as possible in response to the urgent need in our community."
SHIP is a non-profit organization that is housing accredited and a health service provider. The organization has delivered services to communities in the GTA and is one of the largest supportive housing providers in the province.
"We know that people experiencing homelessness deserve a dignified place to shelter. This location will provide shelter as well as access to important services to help with the transition to more permanent housing solutions. As an organization we are committed to ensuring that those experiencing homelessness will receive services that are safe and dignified," said Lina Termini, Director of Congregate and Emergency Housing at Services and Housing In the Province (SHIP).
"YW is always open to partnering with the community and agencies in responding to the growing and complex needs of folks experiencing homelessness," said Abla Tsolu, Director of Homelessness and Housing Services, YW Kitchener-Waterloo. "It is a great honour to enter into this partnership with SHIP so we can continue to offer a low-barrier shelter for men in this community."
Regional staff will report back with more information and updates as plans and agreements are finalized.