(SUDBURY, Wednesday, April 15, 2020) The Canadian Mental Health Association – Sudbury/Manitoulin (CMHA-S/M) is set to open doors to a temporary hotel shelter model starting tomorrow, April 16th at 10pm, at Canada’s Best Value Inn, located at 1500 Regent Street.
CMHA’s Off the Street (OTS) emergency shelter has been operating at 200 Larch Street since November 2019. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, OTS will be temporarily relocated into the first floor of the hotel, offering 20 rooms for single or double occupancy with a maximum capacity of 40 people per night. Beds will be assigned to individuals by staff on a first come first serve basis.
Public health authorities have been urging people to stay home unless absolutely essential, but it’s difficult to do that when you don’t have a home, said Patty MacDonald, CEO, CMHA-S/M. “Although additional infection prevention measures have been put in place since the beginning of COVID-19, it has been difficult to achieve social distancing with the limited space we have at the shelter space at 200 Larch”.
The temporary emergency shelter will be open seven days a week from 10pm to 10:30am. Showers will be accessible until 10am and a bagged breakfast will be provided to all individual accessing the shelter in the morning. The City of Greater Sudbury will provide a nightly shuttle bus (departing at 9:30pm and 9:45pm) to transport individuals from the current OTS location at 200 Larch Street to 1500 Regent Street. A shuttle will also be available to bring individuals back to the downtown each morning at 10:00am and 10:15am.
Plans are being put in place to use the second floor of the hotel as a Supportive Isolation Shelter, offering 24 hour care for individuals who are homeless and are being tested or diagnosed with COVID-19.
Although it isn’t clear how long this pandemic will last, the hotel shelter model has been secured for the next three months.
About Canadian Mental Health Association – Sudbury/Manitoulin
The Canadian Mental Health Association – Sudbury/Manitoulin (CMHA-S/M) was established in 1984 and is a not-for-profit organization with a volunteer board of directors. The branch is mandated to provide services to individuals with mental health issues or a diagnosis of a mental illness within the Sudbury and Manitoulin districts. Our purpose is to support healthy people and communities through advocacy and the provision of safe, inclusive and accessible mental health and addictions services. CMHA is primarily funded by the Ministry of Health and also receives funds from the Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services and the City of Sudbury.
For more information or to arrange an interview, contact:
Kayla Belanger, Health Promotion Coordinator
Canadian Mental Health Association – Sudbury/Manitoulin