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Temporary Accommodation Opens October 30

The temporary accommodation opens at the Edmonton Convention Centre on Friday, October 30 and will provide people experiencing homelessness with a warm safe place to go this winter. 

  • ‌Boyle Street Community Services, Mustard Seed Society, the Bissell Centre, and Bent Arrow Traditional Healing Society will work together to meet the overall goals of operating the 24/7 accommodation space.
  • People will have a place to sleep, receive daily meals and have access to storage, washrooms and shower facilities. People who stay at the temporary accommodation can expect to be fully supported on their path toward stable housing, as well as having access to mental health, addictions, overdose prevention, Indigenous, cultural, and youth supports.
  • The convention centre will be operated 24/7 by professionally trained staff who have experience working in the homeless serving sector, including social workers and health professionals. Security personnel will also be on site to help ensure the safety of everyone in the facility.
  • At full capacity the space will be able to accommodate up to 300 people for day services and overnight shelter.  
Hope Mission Temporary Full-Time Shelter at Commonwealth Stadium 

The City is supporting the Hope Mission in creating a temporary shelter at Commonwealth Stadium. 

  • The space accommodates more than 100 people and is expected to operate until March. 
  • The space has opened initially as an overnight shelter to replace space previously provided at the Central Lions Senior Centre.  The City is working with Hope Mission to move to a 24/7 shelter, where people will have access to meal services, day and night sleeping accommodations, as well as social services and housing information.
  • People can access this shelter through a bus service from the Hope Mission facility. 
Mustard Seed Shelter 

The Mustard Seed will also expand its shelter and programming for vulnerable populations with a new 24/7 facility on the south side that is expected to open November 2. 

Community Safety
  • The City is working with community partners to identify and employ strategies that support safety and security within the neighbourhoods surrounding the locations. 
  • Temporary traffic safety measures are being implemented along Grierson Hill. These include a crosswalk, reduced speed limit to 30km/hr, and signage to advise drivers of changes and encourage them to watch for people crossing Grierson Hill. 

For more information on resources and supports available throughout the city, call 211. For any questions or concerns about the temporary shelter, please contact 311. For more information about the Hope Mission Temporary Full-Time Shelter at Commonwealth Stadium contact Hope Mission at (780) 422-2018 

City to use Edmonton Convention Centre for Temporary Accommodation

Update: October 9, 2020 

The City of Edmonton will use part of the Edmonton Convention Centre for temporary accommodation for vulnerable individuals as part of its commitment to ending homelessness in Edmonton. 

People who stay at the temporary accommodation will have a safe, warm place to sleep, receive daily meals and have access to storage, washrooms and shower facilities. They will also have access to culturally appropriate health and wellness support, including mental health and addiction resources, as well as housing support workers who can help them transition into bridge accommodation and find longer term housing. 

The facility will be open 24/7 and operated by community agencies from Edmonton’s homeless serving sector. 

Additional details on the services to be offered at the facility, and the agencies providing each of those services, will be shared as soon as they are available.

Temporary Accommodation

Update: October 5, 2020

Up to 600 people sleep outside on any given night in Edmonton. With concern for the safety and well-being of those sleeping rough during the pandemic, the City of Edmonton is moving forward with a plan to provide temporary accommodation for Edmonton’s vulnerable population to quickly address homelessness in Edmonton.  

The City-owned facility will provide temporary accommodation for those experiencing homelessness, many of whom have been staying in encampments. It will provide a safe space for vulnerable people 24/7 with day programming, proper amenities and health supports. It is expected to open at the end of October.

We are also identifying short-term bridge housing options for individuals to move into until permanent supportive housing can be arranged.

The City will be working closely with partner agencies, the organizers of the Camp Pekiwewin and Light Horse Park encampments, and businesses to ensure the transition to temporary accommodation is respectful and the needs of all stakeholders are taken into consideration.

Camp Pekiwewin

Camp Pekiwewin is a temporary encampment in Rossdale, west of RE/MAX Field. Organizers set up the site in July 2020 as a resource for those experiencing homelessness. The City has been working with Camp organizers and our partners to ensure the safety of people in the camp and the surrounding community. The City has engaged with camp organizers in developing a collaborative approach to ending the encampment. 

What Health And COVID-19 Precautions Are Being Taken?

The City has provided basic necessities for cleanliness, sanitation and COVID-19 prevention, such as face coverings (4,000 disposable masks), hand sanitizing stations, portable toilets, picnic tables and waste collection. Alberta Health Services is conducting weekly inspections of the camp. Edmonton Fire Rescue Services and the City’s Occupational Health and Safety team have also each completed an inspection of the camp.

What Is Being Done to Support the Surrounding Community?

Resources have been being mobilized to help support the Rossdale community. The City has been working with residents to address their concerns. Administration has been in touch with the Rossdale Community League, while the Neighbourhood Empowerment Team delivered information to residents of Rossdale to keep them apprised of developments in their community.

What Enforcement Actions Has The City Taken Around Camp Pekiwewin?

We have taken enforcement actions where necessary to limit the size and scope of the camp.

Where Can People Report Issues With The Camp?

People can report encampments and related issues using the 311 app or by calling 311. For fire or medical emergencies, please call 911.

When Will The Camp End?

At this time no date has been set for the closure of the camp. The City remains in communication with camp organizers, Rossdale community members, and our partners toward the City’s goal of respectfully resolving the situation in a timely manner. We are working with our partner agencies to provide those in Camp Pekiwewin who are experiencing homelessness with a pathway to secure permanent housing.

Encampment Response during COVID-19

The Encampment Response Team (ERT) addresses encampments on public land in partnership with Homeward Trust, Boyle Street Community Services and Bissell Centre. Edmonton Police Service and Edmonton Fire Rescue Services also support planning efforts.

ERT focuses on closing and cleaning up high risk encampments to ensure the safety and well-being of individuals and to help connect people sleeping outside with housing and support services.

The City schedules closures and clean-ups of encampments on public land. The closure and clean-up of encampments is prioritized based on the level of risk posed to individuals in the encampment and the surrounding community. City staff and community partners conducting outreach into encampments continue to:

  • Map and track people who are homeless and sleeping outdoors in the city
  • Conduct wellness checks by identifying who needs basic services such as food and healthcare
  • Identify individuals who may be showing symptoms of COVID-19 and connect them to assessment and treatment
  • Hand out information on how to prevent the spread of COVID-19

Cleanup operations staff are in regular contact with Peace Officers on encampments to coordinate cleanup and to ensure encampment occupants are adhering to Alberta Health Services guidelines. Abandoned encampments continue to be mapped, investigated and sent for cleanup.

Report An Encampment

If you have concerns about an encampment or other issues like discarded needles, call 311 or use the 311 App.  To report a fire, medical emergency, or crime, call 911.

What You Can Do

Support for Vulnerable Edmontonians in Extreme Weather Conditions

Caring for our city’s most vulnerable becomes especially critical in extreme weather conditions.

The City, Homeward Trust and community partners work together to determine when to enact the City’s extreme weather protocol.

Extreme Weather

Access To Transit

Providing Accessible Transit Here (PATH) is a City of Edmonton program that provides free monthly transit passes to individuals who are homeless or are at high risk of homelessness.

Edmonton's Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness

Edmonton’s Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness focuses on a ‘housing first’ approach where people experiencing homelessness are quickly found a home, and then given the support they need to keep that home.

Homelessness Statistics in Edmonton

homewardtrust.ca

Flowcharts

How the City and its Partners Respond to Encampments on Public Land

For More Information

311 Contact Centre

Online Contact 311 Online
Telephone

In Edmonton: 311
Outside Edmonton: 780-442-5311

TTY 780-944-5555

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