November 1, 2019
An emergency overnight stay program for homeless women turned away from full shelters will not be able to open this winter without new funding, says the Hamilton YWCA.
Carole Anne’s Place has run the overflow shelter out of the downtown YWCA for three years between December and March. Last winter, 200 women received help from the overnight program and its daytime drop-in partner, Willow’s Place.
But pilot funding from the Local Health Integration Network has ended, said YWCA operations director Medora Uppal — so organizers are appealing to the city for help at a meeting Nov. 7.
“We will be saying: the LHIN can’t do it. Can you step in?” said Uppal. “We just can’t morally or ethically say ‘Sorry, there is nowhere to sleep’ when there is snow all over the ground and -20 C conditions.”