The Canadian Mental Health Association – Sudbury/Manitoulin (CMHA – S/M) is hosting an open house today for its Off The Street (OTS) Emergency Shelter. For the 2018/2019 winter season, the temporary home of the low-barrier shelter will be located at Church of Christ the King. Renovations to the permanent location are currently underway and are expected to be completed after the winter season.
“We’re are delighted to be partnering with Church of Christ the King. They play a pivotal role in supporting those in need in the downtown core,” said Marion Quigley, CEO, CMHA – S/M. “We are also pleased to host this open house as it gives the public a chance to see how OTS Emergency Shelter helps vulnerable individuals in our community.”
The shelter offers a safe environment, warm cots for sleeping, hot meals/light snacks, outreach and referral services. OTS Emergency Shelter provides support to individuals who are homeless and unable to access other shelter services for various reasons.
“The partnership between l’Association des jeunes de la rue’s Community Outreach Program, and the Canadian Mental Health Association’s Off the Street Emergency Program has not only been conducive in combining both agency’s expertise to maximize services delivery, but beneficial in creating a bridge among offering essential support and help to our most vulnerable individuals in our community, ” said Lise Sénécal, Executive Director, l’Association des jeunes de la rue.
The low barrier shelter will open Nov. 1 at 8:30 pm and, as in past years, aims to remove as many barriers as possible in order to help as many people as possible. The shelter will not turn away people who are under the influence. However, no drugs, alcohol or weapons will be permitted on the premises.
OTS Emergency Shelter runs until April 15. More information can be found on the CMHA website https://sm.cmha.ca/.
CMHA – S/M is also seeking donations of non-perishable food, coffee, tea, disposable plates and utensils, toiletries and gently-worn winter clothing (e.g. sweaters, coats, hats, gloves) as well as new socks and undergarments. Please drop off donations at CMHA-S/M’s main office at 111 Elm Street.
- Over the course of the 2017/2018 Winter season, OTS had over 450 uniquely identified individuals who accessed services at the shelter and on average 38 beds were used per night.
- From November 1, 2017- April 15, 2018 there were 3,461 individuals who used the shelter for referral and outreach services only, and as a result of those services 33 individuals were able to find permanent housing.
- Throughout the 2017/2018 season, the shelter had a 125.92% occupancy rate. This number is based on 30 funded beds.