Temporary shelter at Edmonton Convention Centre closed down

EDMONTON — The temporary shelter at Edmonton Convention Centre closed its doors on Friday after six months of use. 

The Tipinaw├ów shelter opened Oct. 30 as a place for hundreds of the city’s homeless to safely shelter during the winter months of the pandemic. 

The shelter was to have closed at the end of March, but city councillors voted to fund the facility for another 30 days, until April 30.

“It was important to find a large space that could accommodate as many people as possible,” said Christel Kjenner with the City of Edmonton.

“Having a very large facility is good from the perspective of social distancing, it might not be the best from the perspective of meaningful connections with people receiving services.” 

Starting tomorrow, Boyle Street Community Service and the Bissell Centre will offer additional daytime services at their downtown locations. 

The Hope Mission will transfer its shelter to the Spectrum Building at Northlands next week. Once ready, it will offer 150 overnight spaces for those in need. 

Federal funding will also make available a further 200 transitional housing units. 

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