Good news! The Out of the Cold shelter, which was set to close at the end of April, will be able to stay open until June 30th, thanks to some federal funding and a landlord willing to extend the lease until then. Of course Out of the Cold will face the same problem again come July. We speak with Out of the Cold’s executive director Michelle Mallette about what needs to happen.
Coverdale Courtwork Society has announced that it will no longer be able to pay for hotel rooms for criminalized women and trans individuals who are exiting jails or who face homelessness for other reasons. That makes Coverdale yet another NGO which is no longer able to provide this crucial service to the population it serves. Just two days ago we reported that economic realities and a lack of provincial support were forcing Adsum for Women and Children to make a similar decision.
Over the last three months or so Adsum for Women and Children has spent some $50,000 on hotel rooms for people needing emergency shelter. That’s something the organization can no longer sustain, at least not at the current rate, says Sheri Lecker, Adsum’s executive director.
This weekend’s video is a short but powerful one, a conversation with Andrew, one of the folks living in a one-person crisis shelter constructed by Halifax Mutual Aid.
In March several outreach workers did a rough sleeping survey in urban HRM. We speak with outreach worker Eric Jonsson about what the numbers tell us.
Last Saturday the hardworking people at ACORN Nova Scotia launched a list of demands that they hope anti-austerity activists and organizations in the province can sign off on.
Collective bargaining between workers employed by Bryony House and management may fail because the 24-bed shelter wants workers to surrender their three seats on the board of directors.
Letter: The staff at Out of the Cold (OTC) would like to strongly voice our support for Halifax Mutual Aid (HMA), for the hard work they have volunteered towards constructing and installing crisis shelters for people experiencing homelessness.
A Halifax mutual aid group has been building and distributing small crisis shelters for people with nowhere warm to sleep. The response of the municipality and some of the city councillors has been disappointing, writes Solidarity Kjipuktuk – Halifax, and the group offers some suggestions of things that could have been said instead.
Brenda Thompson: “Last week the lack of concern over the issues of homeless and poverty by our federal, provincial and municipal governments resulted in the tragic and needless death of a young woman in the Annapolis Valley. A woman quietly died of carbon monoxide poisoning while her boyfriend has suffered serious injuries.”