In light of the increasing demand for homeless support in Welland, City Council has taken decisive action to address the immediate needs of its unhoused residents.
Though the Niagara Region has augmented the number of available beds for homelessness support in Welland by eight beds, from November 1, 2023, to April 30, 2024, providing accommodation for approximately 50 individuals at two persons per room, a motion brought forward by Councillor Bonnie Fokkens directs staff to fund a temporary eight-bed shelter for February and March of this year.
As staff formulates a comprehensive plan, it is imperative to carefully deliberate on various aspects while addressing the motion’s request. The community currently faces a scarcity of resources and workforce, posing a challenge in adequately staffing the site. Successful offering and operation also hinge on meeting service standards and individualized service needs. Moreover, the selection of the site’s location requires meticulous consideration for optimal outcomes.
Council is allocating $35,000 from the operating surplus account to maximize the available days for the shelter to be open. This initiative aims to provide immediate relief to those facing homelessness, emphasizing the City’s commitment to ensuring the well-being of all its residents.