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Cold Weather Pilot Project: Emergency services for homeless and street-involved people with addictions

In late summer, Thunder Bay’s Shelter House saw an increased use of services by homeless individuals. The Executive Director, Patty Hajdu, thought ahead to the chilling temperatures that winter would likely bring. If the shelter’s 62 beds were filled in warmer months, what would be the demand for shelter when the cold weather set in?

The idea she came up with, thanks to discussions with numerous partners, was Shelter House and the Cold Water Pilot Project. This pilot project has a unique advantage — its staff members have pre-existing relationships with the homeless community and other community partners.

In this edition of Promising Practices series, EENet’s Kim Karioja looks at the Cold Water Pilot Project, which is bringing emergency services to Thunder Bay’s homeless and street-involved people with addictions. Click below to read the full story.

Promising Practices profiles innovative practices and initiatives from around Ontario.

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Categories: Addiction / Substance Use Problem , Alcohol , Children / Youth , Housing / Homelessness , Mental Health