August 28, 2019
The mayor and some city councillors said they have received significant feedback on a winter overnight homeless shelter proposed for the basement of the United Church on Mackenzie Avenue — before the consultation on the plans has officially started.
The plan is to build a 10-bed shelter in the basement of the church, which is located at the corner of Mackenzie Avenue and Third Street. It is proposed to be open from 8 p.m. to 8 a.m. and would operate from Nov. 1 to Mar. 31. Guests would be served basic meals and would receive toiletries and bedding.
The idea is not new; the concept for an overnight shelter during the winter months has been in the background for a few years as organizers sought a suitable location.