November 6, 2019
With the temperature continuing to dip, the city is looking at ways to deal with an “unprecedented and unpredictable” homelessness crisis.
Susan Evenden, director of social assistance and homelessness services, said there were an average of 55 single adults per night for most of the year at the city’s emergency shelters, including Rosewood House, which operates 30 emergency co-ed beds on Nelson Street, the 20-bed men’s shelter at the Salvation Army Booth Centre on Dalhousie Street, and at motels, with an average length of stay of 22 nights.
That number jumped in mid-October to a high of 84 people where it has remained.
“Based on current trends, staff believe that a decline is unlikely for the remainder of the year and into 2020,” Evenden told the city’s social services committee on Wednesday.