Published on : Tuesday, November 3, 2020
The city administration has decided to help homeless people by offering them temporary shelter at the Edmonton Convention Centre on Friday. The city has recently focussed on offering support to all homeless people, after large encampments were established in the Rossdale and Old Strathcona areas. The city estimated that over 2,000 people are suffering from the issue of homelessness, out of which some 600 are sleeping outside or unsheltered on any given night.
The Edmonton Convention Centre will open to accommodate some 300 people each day and offer services to support overnight shelter by the end of next week. The day and night lodging space will be operated by Boyle Street Community Services, The Mustard Seed, Bissell Centre and the Bent Arrow Traditional Healing Society.
Those who will stay the convention centre will further enjoy various services such as they will get access to mental health, addictions, overdose prevention; Indigenous, cultural and youth support services. Laundry services, showers, enhanced storage opportunities and daily meals will also be provided to the homeless.
Halls A, B and C on the Assembly Level of the Edmonton Convention Centre will be used for the temporary accommodation, that was to be open until the end of March. At 85,000 square feet, the space will allow for physical distancing due to COVID-19.
Also entry will be operated after screening for COVID-19. Besides this the city also decided to offer absolute support to the Hope Mission so as to operate a temporary shelter at Commonwealth Stadium.
Councillor Scott McKeen said he was disheartened with the news on the shelter space at Commonwealth.