Emergency shelter opens in Hay River

(CKLB file photo)

An emergency overnight shelter has opened in Hay River.

The shelter is in the Kujat building on Industrial Drive and can receive up to 15 people.

The shelter comes as a partnership between the NWT housing corporation and the Hay River Committee for Persons with Disabilities.

“This project is critical in supporting our community members who are experiencing housing instability,” said Pravina Bartlett, the committee’s executive director.

Paulie Chinna, the minister responsible for the housing corp, said this shelter was a “first step” in helping residents get out of homelessness.

The territorial government is investing $346,000 in the project: $290,000 for shelter operations and $56,000 for supplies.

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Francis Tessier-Burns
Francis has been a general news reporter with CKLB since January 2019. Originally from rural Ontario, he first came to the NWT in 2016 as an intern with Up Here magazine and fell in love with the North. In his time with CKLB, he's had the immense pleasure and honour of learning about northern Indigenous cultures. Otherwise, you can find him hanging around the Legislative Assembly. If you have a story or want to chat, reach out to francis@cklbradio.com