Update: Warming Room overflow emergency shelter service

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The City is working with community partner agencies, including Brock Mission emergency shelter, Cameron House emergency shelter, and Youth Emergency Shelter, to make sure there are beds available for people with the closure of the Warming Room. 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. That’s the priority – making sure people have safe and reliable housing. Everyone who uses the Warming Room is being offered assistance.

The City wants to continue to provide the Warming Room service. 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.

“I have always been supportive of the Warming Room and assisting the community’s most vulnerable citizens,” Mayor Diane Therrien said. “We are working together to find better solutions, create permanent housing, and help the Warming Room move to a new location.”

The City appreciates the peaceful demonstration outside City Hall in support of Warming Room Community Ministries. Peterborough Social Services is offering assistance to people who need housing so they don’t have to be in tents.

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.

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.

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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