Sydney is getting a new co-ed homeless shelter but a non-profit group that has been helping keep women off the streets for more than 20 years is still being left out in the cold.

On Monday, the province announced it will provide the Cape Breton Community Housing Association with $618,000 in annual funding next year to manage a shelter for men and women. In the meantime, the association will receive $134,000 this winter to change its current location so it can offer emergency shelter to both men and women.

Raylene Theriault, a co-ordinator with the Every Woman’s Centre, played a key role in the opening of Sydney’s first shelter for women in 1997, and still oversees operations at Almost Home today. She said the six-bed facility only receives about $8,000 a year from the provincial government and that they were “blindsided” by the announcement.