SaultOnline has learned that a 14-bed homeless shelter is coming to the west-end of the City.
Individuals who deal with the issue on a daily basis say it’s much needed, but not enough.
District of Sault Ste. Marie Social Services Administration Board, CEO, Mike Nadeau, was able to confirm it’s creation this afternoon.
“A 14-bed facility will be opened at the Verdi,” said Nadeau. The Verde Hall is located in the 400 block of Queen Street West, not far from the former Studio 10 property.
He told SaultOnline there could be more beds added if CMHA is able to find the staffing to manage this in the future.
“You can expect to see a job posting from CMHA for this,” stated Nadeau.
The building is expected to be up and running “in the next couple of weeks.”
The individuals currently occupying the lawn at City Hall were skeptical. They intend to stay at their location until there is a resolution to the issue inside Sault Ste. Marie.
“How many beds?” asked one. “That’s not enough.” when told the amount.
Nadeau admits the crisis facing this City is complex and has multiple solutions and this shelter is just a start.