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Extreme Cold Weather Event
Updated Feb 2 at 7:30pm
Efforts are ongoing across the province to ensure those experiencing homelessness are supported during the extremely cold weather expected over the upcoming weekend.
All HRM locations (except Christ Church) are open to all in need, all ages and gender identities. If youth arrive, they’ll be directed to Phoenix, and DCS has a system in place for that.
Halifax Regional Municipality
- 902 Man Up is adding beds at the Christ Church shelter, 61 Dundas Street, Dartmouth. It will be open for men, 8 p.m. to 8 a.m, nightly. There will be transportation for those staying at Christ Church to be bussed to St. Matthew’s warming centre on Saturday morning.
- 902 Man Up is expanding capacity at its shelter at 2029 North Park Street, Halifax. It will be open from Friday February 3 at 5 p.m. until Sunday February 5 at 9 a.m.
- A warming centre at St. Matthew’s United Church, 1479 Barrington Street, Halifax will be open from Friday February 3 at 5 p.m. to Sunday February 5 at 9 a.m.
- Beacon House is extending opening hours from Friday February 3 at 6 p.m. to Monday February 6 at 7 a.m. at the warming centre at 125 Metropolitan Avenue, Lower Sackville.
- Adsum for Women and Children is opening a mini warming centre at The Alders, 2380 Gottingen Street, Halifax from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. from Thursday through Sunday.
- There will be a shelter at The Old School Community Gathering Place at 7962 Highway 7, Musquodoboit Harbour, open Friday February 3 at 4 p.m. to Sunday February 5 at 6 p.m.
HRM Bus Schedule
HRM is supporting the Province’s emergency shelters this weekend by providing bus transportation to shelter spaces. On Friday afternoon a Halifax Transit Bus will travel around picking people up at the following times and locations.
This Friday pick-up will take everyone to St. Matthews Church which is one of the warming centres:
14:30 (2:30pm) – Green Road
14:40 (2:40pm) – Geary Street
14:45 (2:45pm) – Alderney Gate Library
15:00 (3:00pm) – Victoria Park
15:10 (3:10pm) – Cogswell Park
15:20 (3:20pm) – Barrington Greenway
15:30 (3:30pm) – Lower Flynn Park
15:40 (3:40pm) – Halifax Central Library
15:50 (3:50pm) – Gorsebrook Park
16:00 (4:00pm)– North End Library
End – St. Matthews Church on Barrington Street
In order to balance the capacity and timing of the various shelters a Halifax Transit Bus will also move the people who can’t be accommodated overnight at St. Matthews (their warming centre capacity is larger than their overnight capacity) to North Park Street and the Dartmouth Shelter at Christ Church.
A similar service will be provided on Saturday morning and Saturday evening.
On Sunday morning, a bus will pick up the folks at the Dartmouth Shelter when it closes at 8am and drop folks off at any of the stops from the Friday pick-up list they would like to go to.
There will be peer support volunteers on the bus to go in the various pick-up points and help people get on or off the bus.
HRM Wellness Checks and Transportation
Halifax Emergency Management volunteers will also be going at night to do wellness checks and will transport anyone who did not get on a bus, or who has changed their mind on moving.
Cape Breton Regional Municipality
- CBRM opens a shelter with extended hours and more beds when temperatures reach -15 at the Community Homeless Shelter (106 Townsend Street, Sydney). If folks are outside that area they can contact the shelter directly at 902-270-6217 and transportation will be arranged at the expense of DCS.
- The new emergency overnight shelter at 155 Church Street, Amherst will have increased bed capacity and extended hours. Open 24/7 from Friday February 3 at 5 p.m. until Sunday February 5 at 9 a.m.
- Viola’s Place Society at 189 Marsh Street, New Glasgow will have increased bed capacity and extended hours. It will host a drop-in centre from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Friday. Intake for the shelter starts at 3 p.m. It will be open 24 hours a day on Saturday and Sunday.
- Open Arms Resource Centre at 32 Cornwallis Street, Kentville will have increased bed capacity and extended hours. Open 24/7 from Friday February 3 at 5 p.m. until Sunday February 5 at 9 a.m.
- The Kentville Rec Centre at 354 Main Street, Kentville will have a warming centre from Friday February 3 at 5 p.m. to Sunday February 5 at 9 a.m.
- Truro Housing Outreach Society – Haven House at 29 Arthur Street, Truro will have increased bed capacity and extended hours. Open 24/7 from Friday February 3 at 5 p.m. until Sunday February 5 at 9 a.m.
- SHYFT Youth Services will increase capacity during the weather event. Any youth 16-24 can come to SHYFT House (6 Trinity Place, Yarmouth) for the night: Friday night and Saturday night. People can call the house at 902-881-3111 with any questions.
- The Town of Yarmouth will open the Yarmouth Firehall (221 Pleasant Street, Yarmouth) as an emergency warming centre from 6 p.m. on Friday February 3 until 8 a.m. on Saturday February 4, then reopening 6 p.m. on Saturday February 4 until 8 a.m. Sunday February 5. Beds will not be available, but hot coffee, tea, and light refreshments will be offered.