Tuesday, January 25, 2022

Kingston service providers act urgently to provide warming services

With extreme cold in Kingston and the area forecast, local service providers have acted quickly to ensure that warming center services needy, ahead of overnight services at the new warming and counseling center to open later this month. are available to the public.

Environment Canada has announced an extreme weather warning, saying temperatures from the evening and night of January 10 through the morning of January 11, 2022 will be between -21 and -28 C, or a cold – with windchill. will be 30 C. ,

At the same time, KFL&A Public Health also issued a cold weather health warning for the region, stating, “This is the coldest wind ever recorded this season, in the more northern areas of our region, such as Plavna. And in Sharbot Lake, the wind can blow. The temperature drops to -35 degree Celsius.”

Public Health also explained that “when the temperature drops below -25 °C or the air chill drops below -28 °C, children and seniors should take precautions to avoid the effects of the cold, or One must stay indoors to avoid cold injuries.KFL&A Public Health also works with community service providers, municipalities, schools, long-term care homes and emergency service providers to ensure that vulnerable groups are protected is taken into account.

Although putting everyone at risk, the most vulnerable who do not have access to warm places and homes face the most hardship in cold weather.

In late 2021, the City of Kingston announced the opening of a Warming Center downtown at the former Odd Fellows Hall, located at 218 Concession Street. Last night, Home Base Housing and Lionhearts, responsible for operating the warming center, immediately opened the center to provide shelter to those in need. Although the center will be open for specific hours, efforts are currently being made to increase it to 7 days a week.

The Warming Center opened last night at 8 p.m. and is still open for cold weather emergencies. The center will be available tonight and Tuesday nights. Opening hours for drop-ins are 8 p.m. to midnight, and 8 p.m. to 8 a.m. for limited night rest areas. Tomorrow during the day, it will be open from 8 am to 4 pm, as it was today, according to those working closely with the centre.

In future, the warming center will be open from 8 pm to 8 am on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Home Base Housing has been tasked with trying to open an alternative “warming and counseling centre”.

“We are working on recruitment and orientation of employees. We are finding it difficult to maintain current emergency shelter operations, but program supervisor, Jay Novak, is making great progress on the warming and counseling center. Employees are still in the orientation phase, with the launch scheduled for January 14th,” said Tom Greening, executive director of Home Base Housing.

Greening also shared that, until a more permanent solution is worked out, Home Base Housing has put staffing in place so that the warming center can be as open as possible on cold weather days and nights. Last night, the Center gave shelter to 13 people outside in the cold weather.

“Our street outreach staff have also helped keep the center open during the day. We will also be open overnight and during the day for the next few nights,” Greening said.

The Warming Center will also connect clients to other community services and support agencies, including food programs and community participation projects.

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