Is there any possibility of a shelter for men in Niagara Falls?
Previous calls for applications for grants have been put out by the Region. A men's shelter in Niagara Falls is dependent on an appropriate physical facility, funding to operate it, and an organization willing to operate such a service. A group of organizations has been working on creating an emergency homelessness shelter to address unmet needs for many years, including representation through City Hall. The challenge has been raising capital and finding a service provider, and with the consolidation of homelessness funding by the provincial government effective January 1, 2013, the newest challenge is lack of operating dollars.
Most recently the YWCA has stepped up to help lead a proposal for establishment of a shelter in Niagara Falls to serve families and men. For more information about the proposal, see the group's presentation to the Region's Public Health and Social Services Committee meeting on December 3, 2013. The group was advised that an RFP would be issued early in 2014, and they submitted a proposal for funding of operating costs. The proposal was viewed positively, but was not awarded a contract due to insufficient Regional funding being available (see page 10). Even if it had been successful, capital funding and establishing a location remain a challenge.
Last fall, the Region received some unexpected, one time, time limited funding from the provincial government for homelessness services. YWCA received funding until March 31, 2014 to establish a pilot project for men's shelter services in Niagara Falls.
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