As the weather inevitably turns colder the City of Brantford says individuals requiring emergency shelter will have access to enhanced services that will operate 24-7, with the goal of helping people find a safe and suitable long-term housing options as quickly as possible.
December 15, 2018, the following Emergency Shelters were made available:
- Salvation Army, 187 Dalhousie Street: single men 18+ years of age
- Rosewood House, 42 Nelson Street: single men and women 18+ years of age
- Nova Vita, 59 North Park Street: homeless women and homeless women with children
- Youth Resource Centre, 40 Queen Street: male and female youth, 15-19 years of age
Individuals requiring emergency shelter services should call the Social Services Support Centre at 519-759-7009 or visit 220 Colborne Street, Brantford, Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Homelessness after-hours calls will continue to be managed by Victim Services until January 2, 2019 and will then transition to the Salvation Army. Individuals requiring shelter after-hours should call 519-756-0113 or 519-756-7050 or 519-753-4193 after January 2, 2019.
City Homelessness Services staff, along with staff from Welcome In and Wesley has been working with Welcome In guests over the past several months, and each man remaining at the shelter has been provided with an option for housing or shelter in the community. Individuals experiencing homelessness are able to choose whether to accept a housing offer, however, the City has taken steps to ensure that anyone affected by the conclusion of Welcome In’s overnight shelter services has somewhere to go.
At this time, the City would also like to acknowledge the devoted staff, volunteers and generous donors of the Welcome In Resource Centre, for their compassion and commitment to caring for individuals experiencing homelessness in our community. They are sincerely grateful for all their efforts and contributions.
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