Wednesday, February 28, 2024

Nanaimo opens cooling centre for people experiencing homelessness


The City of Nanaimo has partnered with the United Way and the Canadian Mental Health Association to open a cooling centre for people experiencing homelessness.

During record-breaking high temperatures, the City says that a cooling centre has become urgently needed for Nanaimo’s more than 430 unsheltered people.

“We have seen the benefits of a coordinated approach in providing services to our most vulnerable population,” said Mayor Leonard Krog.

“This response is another example of our community partners coming together, especially during the heatwave to help those living in the streets.”

The cooling centre will be located at the 7-10 Club, at 285 Prideaux Street. It will be open 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., seven days a week, until July 10.

Capacity will be limited to between 10 to 15 people at a time, in keeping with COVID-19 safety requirements.

Water, sandwiches and coffee will also be available.

Victoria Buzz Staff
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