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East End Hall sought as shelter

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The Fort Frances Homeless Committee is hoping to use the East End Hall as a temporary pop-up shelter through April.

“As you may be aware, our committee has been working on opening a pop-up shelter in Fort Frances and has made great strides toward this goal,” committee chair Jamie Petrin wrote in a letter town council received at its regular meeting Monday evening.

“Unfortunately, the anticipated location of the shelter the committee was looking to use for a shelter space has become unfeasible for the committee, considering factors such as cost and time,” she added.

“We are urgently seeking a space at this time.”

The committee is requesting use of the East End Hall to utilize as a temporary shelter space so the committee can continue its efforts to secure “a more permanent and appropriate space.”

“The committee's long-term goal continues to be to secure a location that offers both a shelter space and transitional units to provide a path out of homelessness,” Petrin noted.

“The shelter will be staffed at all times by two people who have appropriate education and/or experience to oversee those accessing the pop-up shelter,” she added.

The committee is seeking a space for the months of February-April. The specific dates are dependent upon availability of the space, as well as the staff being trained in order to open, Petrin noted.

Petrin's request was referred to the Community Services executive committee for its recommendation, with input from the Planning and Development executive committee.

The homeless committee is comprised of front-line service providers of non-profit agencies spanning social services, employment, legal, and health-care sectors.

It is dedicated to finding solutions to homelessness in Rainy River District and has been working toward strengthening social supports, as well as looking for immediate and preventative solutions.

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