In response to a forecasted -27 C wind chill tonight, the Homelessness Network of Sudbury has announced an Extreme Cold Weather Alert for the next 24 hours.
The Extreme Cold Weather Alert program is an initiative funded by the City of Greater Sudbury to protect those who are most vulnerable to intensely cold weather conditions.
This alert puts into action a short-term emergency plan to increase community services when the temperature is predicted to be below -15 C, below -20 C with a wind chill, or when Environment Canada issues a storm watch or weather warning.
People on the street are encouraged to voluntarily access shelters and services. Individuals who may be at risk due to low temperatures in their homes are also eligible for these services.
Under a community partnership agreement, agencies implement or extend the following community services:
- Hot Line: 705-675-6422: L’Association des jeunes de la rue will operate an overnight phone line to direct callers to appropriate services and to take calls from concerned citizens.
- Shelters: Emergency shelter programs for homeless persons are available 24 hours through Salvation Army men’s shelter, Cedar Place for women and children and l’Association des jeunes de la rue for youth.
- Emergency Warming Centre: The Elgin Street Mission will become an emergency warming centre and extend their regular hours of operation by remaining open 12 hours, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. during an Extreme Cold Weather Alert.
- Off The Street Emergency Shelter Program: The Off the Street (OTS) Emergency Shelter Program is open for the 2018/2019 winter season. The OTS provides temporary cots and a warm, safe place to sleep for persons who are homeless or otherwise disconnected from mainstream shelter services. This shelter, located at Christ the King Church, 21 St Anne Rd., will run from 8:30 p.m. until 8:00 a.m. every night until April 14, 2019.
- Outreach: L’Association des jeunes de la rue (Community Outreach Program) will provide overnight services to make contact with people on the street and to transport individuals to shelters. Outreach workers will be equipped with extra clothing, blankets and coffee for those who choose not to access shelters.