The City of Hamilton says there were additional warming spaces available in the City over Christmas besides the City Rec centres and the HUB.
The city’s website on December 23 only listed the HUB and city rec centres as being available but staff have today advised the Bay Observer that shelter was also available at the following locations:
On December 23:
– YWCA Carol Anne’s Place (women) 10pm-8am, overnight drop in
– Willow’s Place (women) 9am-8:30pm, usual operating hours
– Wesley Day Centre 8:30am-4pm
– The Hub 5pm-9pm, usual drop in operating hours, as well extending hours to open 10pm-10am as a warming centre.
On December 24:
– City Recreation Centres and libraries were open during the day
– These drop-in centres were open as follows:
The Hub 5pm-9pm, usual drop in operating hours, as well as extending hours to open 10pm-10am as a warming centre
Willow’s Place (women) 9am-8:30pm, usual operating hours
YWCA Carol Anne’s Place (women) 10pm-8am, overnight drop in
On December 25 and 26 The Hub was open 5pm-9pm, its usual drop-in operating hours, as well as deciding to extend hours and open 10pm-10am as a warming centre.
Staff also said they support the Salvation Army, Mission Services, Good Shepherd and the Hamilton Regional Indian Centre, and that these organizations make every effort to take individuals in during extreme weather, regardless of any capacity limits in place.
The cold weather shelter program will undergo a review when council resumes in January. In the meantime, the HUB has been told it can operate its overnight warming centre from now to March 31st.