REPORTING · 28th October 2015
A motion made by Kitimat City Council at Monday Night’s meeting means Kitimat is in for some extreme weather for the next couple of months. It begins with Margaret Warcup and Trish Parsons approaching Council to talk about the Winter Shelter program for this year. Warcup expressed it had to be called the Extreme Weather Shelter.
“The Provincial Government under BC Housing has funded us so we’re not asking you for any money tonight, we’re asking you for other help. In order to do so, they have to take the money from their Extreme Weather envelope,” said Warcup.
The shelter will operate from November 1st to March 31st. They have a location at the 1st Baptist Church and people who have applied to be their staff. The shelter will be open 7 days a week. They are looking for volunteers to help out at the shelter.
“What we are asking Council for is for your Chief Administrative Officer to declare November 1st that we’ve opened the extreme weather shelter, […] and on March 31st, we’re going to ask you to close the shelter so that we can receive the Provincial Funding,” said Warcup.
Last year, the shelter helped adults and children, the children were taken to Tamitik Status of Women. They were accessed 58 nights and served 11 clients and used 98 beds.
“We know that there are people who are homeless, we also know that our housing resource program is working very well to try and find people accommodation and subsidized rents and things like that. The community has moved forward a lot to assist people like that,” said Warcup.
She thanked Council for doing some advocacy for them at the government levels.
Councillor Claire Rattee made a motion to have the Corporate Officer call an extreme weather alert from November 1st 2015 to March 31st 2016. It was called and carried. Councillor Edwin Empinado also made a motion to send a thank you letter to the ministry. It was also called and carried.