Shelter services update - July 16, 2020

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Peterborough, ON - Brock Mission emergency shelter and the overflow shelter bed program are relocating back to their regular locations at 120 Murray St. and 175 Murray St., respectively, on Wednesday, July 22, 2020 with continued public health measures and protocols.

The two shelter programs temporarily moved to the Peterborough Sport and Wellness Centre in March 2020.

There have been no COVID-19 positive cases in Peterborough’s homelessness system.

“Brock Mission staff have responded quickly, professionally and continue to provide great support to people who require their services through this period,” Mayor Diane Therrien said.

Dividers are being installed between the beds at the Brock Mission and the overflow shelter bed program as one of the safety measures to support the return of the services to their regular locations.

“The health and safety of residents, including clients, continues to be the top priority,” Therrien said.

Public health protocols for clients and staff that have been used at the temporary location will continue when the services return to the Brock Mission and the overflow shelter bed program, including:

  • COVID-19 screening upon entry into the shelter as well as daily screening
  • Ongoing monitoring for signs and symptoms of COVID-19
  • Enhanced cleaning measures for high-touch surfaces

For Peterborough’s shelter network, there is dedicated space to support self-isolation for anyone experiencing homelessness who requires a COVID-19 test.

Brock Mission staff, Social Services workers and community partner agencies – shelter staff and operators as well as organizations that work with people experiencing homelessness – worked closely with public health officials to quickly adapt to the situation to protect the health and safety of some of the most vulnerable people in our community, Therrien said.

“Thanks in large part to their efforts, we haven’t experienced an outbreak in our shelter network,” she said. “I know our community will continue to work together to support each other through this period.”

With the return to the regular locations, there will be up to 32 beds at Brock Mission and as many as 17 beds at the overflow shelter bed program.

Between April 1 and June 30, Social Services and community partner agencies helped 105 individuals and families who were either homeless or at risk of homelessness to find housing.

Community agencies have worked with the City on rapidly finding housing for people in order to move people from shelter to housing – or to prevent people from having to use shelters.

“We will continue to monitor and evaluate the shelter system over the next couple of months,” Community Services Commissioner Sheldon Laidman said. “We’ll report to City Council in the fall with an update and recommendations on the homelessness network.”

Shelter access

Brock Mission, YES Shelter for Youth and Families, and Cameron House continue to provide service 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The overflow shelter bed program is available from 9:30 p.m. to 8:30 a.m. daily. To access the shelter network, people need to use the centralized intake:

  • Monday to Friday, call 705-748-8830 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. or visit in person at Social Services, 178 Charlotte St., from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • After hours, during weekends and on holidays, call 705-926-0096

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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
 
705-742-7777 ext. 1636