Housing Hub committed to providing shelter for those in need
A recent Facebook post in the popular Concerning Happy Valley-Goose Bay group spurred a lot of conversation about the local homeless shelter, the Housing Hub.
The conversation swirled around whether a person would be turned away if they did not have the $40 fee required to stay there.
Scott Hudson, who runs the shelter, said that has never happened and it would not happen.
“From the moment we’ve opened, no one has been turned away for lack of space and certainly not for financial reasons,” he told The Labradorian. “The only people we’ve turned away are those who show up extremely intoxicated and may be a danger to themselves or others.”
Hudson said in those cases they don’t just turn people away either, they contact the RCMP or the hospital to assist the person, depending on what’s needed. He said they have to have that rule in place to protect clients and staff at the shelter.
Regarding the fee, Hudson said a fee is standard at most shelters, to help with operating costs. As a non-profit they use the money to help keep the shelter going, which isn’t cheap. Most of the time the fee is covered by social services, he said, and if it isn’t there are other avenues to help with payment, such as the local Salvation Army.
Scott Hudson, who works with the Housing Hub, said no one has been turned away for not having the $40 fee.