The $1.2 million project will be run by the non-profit Lookout Emergency Aid Society. Shayne Williams, executive director of Lookout, says they hope to open the doors early that afternoon.
“If you’ve been sleeping rough or out there in the weather right now, you’ll need a lot of rest and some food. Once you get some food in your belly and your basic needs are met, opportunities open up in your mind,” said Williams.
He says the facility is “precedent-setting” because of its service provider offices, which will allow representatives from various organizations to work with clients directly at the site.
The shelter will offer three meals a day and a daytime drop-in centre, and it will operate until the end of April.