Opening of an overnight emergency shelter in Amherst


The province will provide $360,000 in funding for a new emergency shelter serving Cumberland County this winter to help those experiencing homelessness.

The Crossroads Community Church shelter in Amherst will open in early December and will offer 20 beds for all genders. It will function as an evening and night shelter until April 30.

The province worked in partnership with local municipal governments and community organizations on the project.

“This funding will help ensure that homeless people in Cumberland County have access to a warm place to sleep during the winter,” said Tory Rushton, Minister of Natural Resources and Renewable Energy and Member of Parliament for Cumberland South, on behalf of Community Services Minister Karla MacFarlane. . β€œI would like to thank the Mayor of Amherst, the Mayor of Cumberland County, and local community organizations and individuals for their continued support in making this shelter a reality.

The Cumberland Homelessness and Housing Support Association, also known as Cornerstone, will provide support services and staff at the shelter.

Quotation:

It’s so nice to hear that the Department of Community Services is providing financial support for our community shelter,” said David Kogon, Mayor of Amherst. β€œIt could well be a lifesaving measure.
David Kogon, Mayor, Town of Amherst

Fast facts:

  • the shelter will be located at 155 Church St., Amherst
  • Cornerstone is a voluntary non-profit organization working to create a permanent transitional shelter and affordable housing in Amherst


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