Shelter service update

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There are currently 20 available beds in the City’s shelter system as of Tuesday, July 2, 2019.

“We are reaching out to people experiencing homelessness to let them know that there are beds available and to help them find housing,” said Dorothy Olver, homelessness and addiction services manager with the City of Peterborough.

“The good news is that shelter beds are available because people have recently obtained housing,” said Olver. “We have not seen this level of shelter bed availability since 2016.”

The City and community partner agencies work together to connect people with housing when they’re experiencing homelessness or at risk of becoming homeless. When that’s not immediately possible, the shelter system has 82 beds.

When there isn’t space in a shelter, Peterborough Social Services provides alternatives for short-term shelter while they connect people with more permanent housing programs and services.

Everyone who used the Warming Room overnight service is being offered assistance. Outreach workers are talking with people living outside to connect them to housing and shelter services. Anyone who needs emergency shelter is asked to visit Peterborough Social Services at 178 Charlotte St. or contact Social Services by phone at 705-748-8830 between 8:15 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday to Friday, or at 705-927-0096 overnight, on weekends and on holidays.

The Warming Room Community Ministries’ lease with Murray Street Baptist Church expired at the end of 2018 and was extended until the end of June 2019. It hasn’t been able to find a new space. The City’s continuing to work with the Warming Room Community Ministries as it searches for a location.

The Warming Room is an overflow shelter service for when the main emergency shelters are unable to accommodate people. The Warming Room overnight service is operated by Warming Room Community Ministries through a contract with the City of Peterborough.

One Roof, also operated by Warming Room Community Ministries, is a drop-in centre and meal program that is supported by the City of Peterborough. One Roof continues to operate at St. John’s Anglican Church on Brock Street, including its warming room and cooling room extended hours during extreme cold and heat alerts. 

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

Brendan Wedley

Manager of Communication Services

City of Peterborough

500 George Street North

Peterborough, ON  K9H 3R9

705-742-7777 ext. 1636