As temperatures drop, the city of Hamilton is spending nearly $250,000 to provide 10 more beds to accommodate an increasing number of homeless women.

 The city will spend $99,075 to temporarily boost the number of beds at Mary’s Place from 20 to 30 for the winter. It will also spend $152,815 to hire three more workers to help single homeless women find housing.

 It’s welcome news in a community so lacking women’s shelter beds that 98 women were turned away in October, said Renee Wetselaar with the Social Planning and Research Council.

 The money will provide more beds at the Good Shepherd Centre shelter on King Street East from Dec. 1 to May 31. It’s not that Hamilton has a sudden influx of homeless women, Wetselaar said. It’s that when shelter beds are earmarked for women, they feel more comfortable seeking help.

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Article source: CBC Hamilton