30,000 people say we need the Moss Park armoury ASAP. It's a shelter disaster.
Dec 31, 2017 — Since the December 6 City Council vote to not open the armouries, the city's bandaid measures have proven to be totally inadequate and incompetent.
*Shelters remain full and crowding is worse thanks to the Mayor's decision to squeeze more people into them.
*Family shelters report families with kids now sleeping in offices and program rooms that were never meant to sleep people.
*Over 500 people (and the number will only grow) now sleep in what are not real shelters and are mostly on the floor.
*The 24 hour overnight drop-ins are swamped and unable to meet people's need for mats, blankets, food. People sprawl on floors or sleep in chairs.
*At two of the 24 hour sites for women, a woman will get a reclining chair to sleep in only if she wins a lottery for a chair space.
*The Better Living Centre at the CNE, the latest site to come on line, will sleep only 110 people in a 200,000 square foot facility. The city just 'forgot' to tell people including community agencies desperate for shelter for their people that the centre was ready to take more than 20.
*Tonight Central Intake reports everything is full and it's -24C with windchill.
Below is an article by an experienced front-line worker Doug Johnson and a tape of his call to Central Intake a few nights ago. The Better Living Centre which had over 40 cots that night is not even offered.
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