Will adding a shelter to a Whitby neighborhood bring challenges to the area?
The 1635 Dundas facility is on a major transit corridor that allows for people requiring public transit to actively engage in the community—it’s close to food options for groceries, medical clinics and pharmacies, and other general supports that are available to any member of the community.
In addition to expanding housing options, the shelter spaces meet the demands within Durham’s system. Services such as street outreach teams and coordinated access improvements are also being implemented to address the housing crisis. Seeking appropriate spaces that allow for indoor 24 hour services and sleep space is important to maintaining safety and wellness for service users and community members.
Research in other cities demonstrates that there will not be an increase in challenges to the area, however, there will be Regional staff on-site to receive information about issues, and the Community Liaison Committee will be able to raise any unanticipated challenges so that they can be addressed.