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21 Out of the Cold guests move into local hotel

Co-founder Jeff Karabanow said this allows them to have a safe and healthy environment to practise safe social distancing and self-isolation
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Twenty-one clients of Halifax's Out of the Cold are now staying in a local hotel.

The volunteer-run group provides shelter and supports for those in our community who are experiencing homelessness or are precariously housed.

Co-founder Jeff Karabanow said the organization has had to change its mandate to adapt to the evolving COVID-19 situation.

"When things got really bad and public health protocols were highlighting that we needed to really have people staying at home, we really pushed for hotels," he explained. "We moved all of our guests to the floor of a hotel yesterday so they can have a home."

He said this allows them to have a safe and healthy environment to practise safe social distancing and self-isolation.

"They can have their own washrooms, their own bed, a TV and a phone to connect with folks in the outside world," Karabanow said.

"Everybody needs a dignified living arrangement, especially at times like this," he added.

He said this public health emergency has highlighted the inequalities of our culture.

"When public health protocols are set, the marginalized and alienated population can't access those protocols as easily as anybody else," he explained.

Karabanow said a partnership with Affordable Housing Nova Scotia has allowed Out of the Cold to use federal funding to provide rooms, food and staff support for up to two months.

"We're really hoping at that point we can get folks into affordable units so when they have to leave the hotel they're not back on the streets or back in the shelter world," he said. 

Outreach workers will soon be working on a plan to make that happen.




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