Couples to bunk together at Hope
Staff EDMONTON Journal
In the face of the tent city crisis, the Hope Mission has started allowing couples to stay together in the shelter’s emergency accommodation facilities as of Wednesday night.
The provincial government has been scrambling to get people out of the makeshift camp that has been set up behind the downtown Bissell Centre. The government noted that many couples have complained they are not allowed to stay together at emergency shelters.
The Hope Mission allowed couples to stay at their facilities last winter, but it didn’t work well.
“Drama happens, fighting happens, screaming happens, so it was a lot of stress on our staff,” said Janelle Aker, a Hope Mission spokeswoman.
Now, couples will be asked to leave if they don’t obey the rules.
“Rules are going to be strictly enforced because the chances of freezing aren't happening,” Aker said.
The provincial government is also trying to address the lack of space for homeless people to store their belongings. “A lot of people will come with their shopping carts and we honestly don’t have a place to store them,” Aker said.
The Hope Mission has room for roughly 250 homeless people.
Thursday, August 02, 2007
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