Emergency shelter service during COVID-19

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Exterior of Sport and Wellness Centre

To provide more space in the existing emergency shelter network for people who need to practice social distancing during the COVID-19 situation, the City of Peterborough will be using the Peterborough Sport and Wellness Centre for emergency shelter space.

Brock Mission and the overflow shelter bed program will be temporarily re-located to identified areas in the Peterborough Sport and Wellness Centre. The space may also be used as secondary shelter space for Cameron House and YES Shelter for Youth and Families to allow for social distancing within those shelters.

“We are urging people in our community to stay home as much as possible to practice social distancing in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19. For people who don’t have a home, that’s not possible,” Mayor Diane Therrien said.

“We’re providing more shelter space to spread out the existing beds in our shelter network to help protect the health of some of the most vulnerable people in our community during the COVID-19 pandemic.”

Using the Peterborough Sport and Wellness Centre, with its numerous rooms and washroom amenities, provides much needed flexibility for the shelter network as this situation progresses.

The City, Peterborough Public Health, the existing shelter operators – Brock Mission, YES Shelter for Youth and Families – as well as Fourcast, which delivers homelessness services, are working together to continue to provide services for people who are homeless.

Peterborough-Kawartha MPP Dave Smith was also involved, offering provincial facilities to support our community’s efforts, Therrien said.

“Our community is working together. It’s taking action for the health and safety of people during this difficult time,” Therrien said.

Housing is the preferred option when assisting people who need shelter. In February, the City and its community partner agencies helped 51 people move from homelessness to housing. Last year, we helped with 275 shifts from homelessness to housing.

The COVID-19 situation is evolving. New decisions may be made affecting municipal services and facilities. For an up-to-date list of affected municipal services and facilities, please visit www.peterborough.ca/covid19.

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For additional information, members of the media are invited to contact:

Brendan Wedley, Manager of Communication Services

City of Peterborough

705-742-7777 ext. 1636