Councillor still waiting for new homeless shelter

The original $5-million price tag for a new 40-bed homeless shelter hasdoubled, and construction delays have pushed back its opening byseveral months.

The original $5-million price tag for a new 40-bed homeless shelter has doubled, and construction delays have pushed back its opening by several months.

The new Peter Street shelter, a refurbished former nightclub in the Entertainment District, was supposed to be open by now. Late last year, city staff had suggested the facility would launch in March, but area councillor Adam Vaughan says he has yet to be told when it will start operating.

“We’re just waiting,’’ he adds. But the sooner the controversial centre can open, the sooner the neighbourhood can get comfortable with it, he adds.

The shelter will offer homeless people what most don’t: Actual help in getting a permanent home. The goal at 129 Peter St. will be to get people “stabilized” and on to a real home, preferably within days.

 
 
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