Mak­ing room

Hous­ing Hub com­mit­ted to pro­vid­ing shel­ter for those in need

The Labradorian - - Front Page - BY EVAN CA­REEN

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.

EVAN CA­REEN – THE LABRADORIAN

Scott Hud­son, who works with the Hous­ing Hub, said no one has been turned away for not hav­ing the $40 fee.

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