May 7, 2020
The provincial government has stopped paying for hotel rooms for dozens of people who were moved out of a temporary homeless shelter last month following a confirmed case of COVID-19. And while federal funding is now covering the bill, the local association tasked with doling it out says the money will only last till the end of June.
In late March, the provincial and municipal governments opened two pop-up shelters in municipal buildings to reduce the number of people in the permanent shelters. Then in early April, 20 people were moved into a hotel from the Out of the Cold shelter because it was impossible to maintain social distancing in that shelter’s space.