A mobile warming centre is expected to arrive in Bancroft next week, but the work to protect the unhoused isn’t over.
That from Hastings-Lennox & Addington MPP Ric Bresee.
He says he’s relieved to hear that the Town is getting the shelter, given that Bancroft has a homeless population.
But, he says, he’ll continue to lobby for the riding to receive support for long-term solutions, such as affordable or rent-geared-to-income housing, and support for mental health and addictions issues.
“This emergency warming centre, for two years, is not a silver bullet,” he says.
“It’s a reprieve to keep us going while we do all the other things we need to do. And it will take all levels of government working together.”
The shelter, provided by Hastings County, is expected to arrive Dec. 15. It will be placed off Cleak Avenue, near where Bancroft’s future library will be built. The shelter is expected to be there for this and next winter.