The province will provide funding for another emergency shelter in the Halifax Regional Municipality this winter to help those experiencing homelessness.
In partnership with Christ Church and 902 Man Up, the Dartmouth shelter will open in early December, offering 20 beds for men and operating evenings and nights only.
“We know this shelter will be essential for people who are homeless during the winter months,” said Karla MacFarlane, Minister of Community Services. “The additional location will provide more accommodation beds to help ensure people have a warm place to sleep and access to services.”
A community consultation was held on November 20. In response to concerns raised, the new shelter:
- have a security perimeter for the safety of shelter residents and guests
- establish closing times that meet the needs of the community
- provide contact information for community members to provide support or resolve their concerns.
The Dartmouth shelter location adds to the recently announced emergency shelter located on North Park Street in Halifax. The North Park Street site opened as an overnight shelter on October 1 with 25 beds for all genders, replacing the temporary Brunswick Street Mission shelter. The location has since grown to 25 assigned beds and 15 overnight emergency beds, for a total of 40 beds. Daytime programming offering wrap-around support services will be introduced in the coming weeks. The shelter will soon be renamed by shelter residents to reflect and support their cultural and social needs.
Staffing and support services will also be provided at the Dartmouth site by 902 Man Up. The organization continues to play a vital leadership role in the province’s response to homelessness, providing on-site support to connect clients with community services and programs. These services could include access to housing support, social workers, peer-based programs and harm reduction measures.
Our community has seen a growing need to support people experiencing homelessness. Through this new partnership, we will enhance the dignity of people in Dartmouth who are homeless by providing safe and secure overnight accommodation on the Christ Church campus. It expresses the mission of Christ Church to support those in need and to be a welcoming place for all.
Reverend Kyle Wagner, Rector, Church of Christ
902 Man Up is pleased to partner with the province for another overnight shelter. 902 Man Up is a grassroots organization that supports various vulnerable communities, and we remain focused on helping Nova Scotians, ensuring they have access to support and services they can trust and trust. they feel connected.
Marcus James, President and co-founder, 902 Standing Man
- the new shelter will be located at 61 Dundas St., Dartmouth
- 902 Man Up is a voluntary non-profit organization that provides support to people experiencing homelessness, ensuring they have access to the services they need.