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Emergency overnight shelter funding extended

The Brunswick Street Mission will replace the temporary shelter at the Halifax Common Pavilion
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The province is extending its funding of an emergency overnight shelter in Halifax until the end of June.

It is investing $195,000 to provide 25 beds at the Brunswick Street Mission.

The shelter at 2107 Brunswick St. will operate from 9 p.m. until 8 a.m. from April 1 to June 30.

It will replace the temporary shelter that had been operating this month out of the Halifax Common Pavilion, which is set to close after today.

"This will provide continuing support to people experiencing homelessness while we work on connecting people with more permanent supportive housing options said Karla MacFarlane, Minister of Community Services, in a news release.

Brunswick Street Mission also provides other services for people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness, including a food bank and trustee services.

The organization's executive director says this doesn't solve our city's housing crisis, "however, we know there is a need for a warm space that offers overnight comfort, and we are happy to step up and fill this need for our unhoused community," Derek Pace stated.

As of March 29, there were 512 people in Halifax Regional Municipality experiencing homelessness according to the By-Name List maintained by the Affordable Housing Association of Nova Scotia.



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