Public Information Sessions for Emergency Homeless Shelter

The public is invited to one of two information sessions on the location of an emergency homeless shelter at the former Victoria Park public school on Murray Street.

Sessions will be held at Studio One at the Chatham Cultural Centre on Tuesday, March 29 and Wednesday, April 6 from 6:00 - 7:30 pm.

“We want residents in the area to be able to come to the meeting, provide input and ask questions about how the shelter will operate,” said Polly Smith, Chatham-Kent’s Director of Employment & Social Services. “We understand that the issue is moving quite rapidly, and we want to make sure people have the facts.”

The municipality’s emergency shelter beds program at the Travelodge is ending on May 31, leaving the homeless population with no place to go after that date. Chatham-Kent Council approved the relocation at its meeting on Monday, March 21, 2022.

The discussion sessions will be moderated and feature a number of municipal panellists.

A background sheet about the shelter will be available at each session.

Smith is also asking the public to view the video of the council meeting discussion from Monday at Council’s discussion of the matter begins at the one-hour, ten-minute mark.

“We understand some residents have concerns and viewing the council video will answer some questions and possibly provide helpful information prior to the community meetings,” she said.