What can I do to stop the project? I don't want a drop-in, 24-hour shelter in my neighborhood.
The project has been approved by Regional Council. Council voted to purchase the 1635 Dundas property and then to open the facility 24 hours a day as an emergency low barrier shelter for approximately 45 individuals. No additional zoning approval is required, and the Ontario Human Rights Code does not allow people to choose who lives in their neighborhood. This facility will support the people who are currently having to live outdoors in Whitby, in ravines and in the area surrounding 1635 Dundas.
The shelter spaces will support the need for overnight indoor space that existed last year. In addition, this site will allow people to stay inside during the day and work toward their goals instead of moving around outside in the cold.
Shelters have registration and intake processes in place as well as policies to address health and safety, infection prevention and processes to manage daily operations.