Transitional shelter for homeless opens its doors

A temporary shelter for individuals who are homeless and don’t have a suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19 has opened its doors, allowing them to self isolate so they can transition into temporary or permanent housing.

York Region has teamed up with Kingbridge Conference Centre and Hotel in King Township and The Salvation Army York Housing and Support Services to provide the temporary transitional shelter, which will help people secure more stable housing by assuring landlords and housing providers that they’ve self-isolated for up to 14 days and aren’t symptomatic.

The Salvation Army York Housing and Support Services will provide supports and services at the temporary shelter, including case management and individualized housing plans, income and mental health supports, counselling, family reunification and referrals to other programs.

Individuals will be admitted to the transitional shelter through a referral and only after they’ve passed screening for COVID-19. Coordination of each referral is completed by York Region. If you or someone you know is experiencing homelessness or is at risk of becoming homeless, call Access York 1-877-464-9675 (Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) or visit york.ca/emergencyhousing for a list of providers able to help.

In April, York opened a self-isolation shelter where individuals experiencing homelessness with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 can self-isolate. Individuals are admitted through a referral from one of York’s three hospitals. The hospital will screen individuals for COVID-19, issue the necessary test and then contact the York Region self-isolation shelter coordinator.

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