City wants to expand shelter beds for women

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By Emma Reilly

The city wants to beef up the services available to homeless women to help alleviate a chronic shortfall of emergency shelter beds and housing supports.

A report going to the emergency and community Services committee Monday recommends several measures to help homeless women, including:

• Extending the cut-off date for funding for 10 temporary shelter beds at Good Shepherd’s Mary Place from June 1 to Nov. 28;

• Creating five permanent shelter spots at Mary’s Place as of Nov. 29, and putting out a call to other existing agencies to provide for 15 additional emergency shelter beds from Nov. 29 to the end of 2016;

• Hiring an agency to provide five mobile case workers to help women in emergency shelters find permanent housing;

• Asking council to write to the province and the Hamilton Niagara Haldimand Brant Local Health Integration Network to request funding for an addiction withdrawal support program for homeless women.

According to the staff report, over the past three years, shelters serving single homeless women were frequently operating over capacity and turning women away.

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Article and image source: The Hamilton Spectator

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