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Province Announces Opening of Temporary Winter Shelter

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first_img An additional overnight shelter for the homeless will open inHalifax for the winter by Dec. 24. Community Services Minister David Morse announced today, Dec. 16,that a temporary shelter will be located at St. Patrick’s Church,2263 Brunswick St. It is expected to operate daily from 4 p.m to8 a.m., between December and April. The shelter will provide bedsand breakfast for up to 40 men, women and young people who aremore than 16 years of age. “The shelter will provide a warm, safe, dry place to stay forthose who may otherwise spend the night on the street,” said Mr.Morse. “It will offer accommodation to those unable to make useof available beds at existing shelters for a variety of reasons.” The shelter will be staffed by 20 workers, many of whom haveexpertise in dealing with some of the more complex issues ofhomelessness, including mental illness and substance abuse.Although the new shelter will not provide programming support,staff will help with access to services as required. The province will provide a total of $230,000 in operationalfunding, plus renovation and furniture costs for the new shelter.The Saint Leonard’s Society of Nova Scotia — which operates anumber of facilities for persons in transition, including BarryHouse in Halifax — will staff and operate the shelter. “We are very pleased that the Saint Leonard’s Society has comeforward and offered to operate the new shelter,” said Mr. Morse.”We look forward to working with them to provide this importantservice to the community.” “There is a strong sense of partnership between government andthe community in making this happen,” said Jerry Smyth, executivedirector with the society. “It’s been phenomenal. There is somuch co-operation from all levels.” The decision to establish the temporary shelter was made a fewweeks ago at a meeting between the province, the Halifax RegionalMunicipality and about 24 community advocacy groups. The newshelter will replace the discontinued winter shelter program atBrunswick Street United Church. COMMUNITY SERVICES–Province Announces Opening of TemporaryWinter Shelterlast_img read more

UN continues rushing food aid to Kyrgyzstan

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The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is continuing to distribute supplies to people who have been affected by the recent deadly ethnic clashes in southern Kyrgyzstan.According to the agency, nearly all of the 75,000 ethnic Uzbeks who fled across the border to Uzbekistan after violence erupted in the Kyrgyz towns of Osh and Jalalabad have returned. Many are sheltering in camps or staying with host families since their homes have been destroyed.So far, WFP has reached 270,000 people uprooted by the violence which broke out three weeks ago with food supplies.WFP handed out rations today to some 6,300 people in the central market area of Osh. The agency’s staff members reported that the market was open and crowded, with signs pointing to life starting to return to normal.Yesterday, a 28-truck UN aid convoy crossed from Uzbekistan into Kyrgyzstan, where it was met by UN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres and Daly Belgasmi, WFP Regional Director for the Middle East and Central Asia.Eight of the trucks were loaded with 150 metric tons of WFP food – including wheat flour, vegetable oil, pulses and beans – which will be distributed to internally displaced persons (IDPs), returning refugees and others.WFP has called for some $23 million as part of a greater joint UN appeal for more than $70 million to assist those affected by the clashes.The clashes, the latest unrest to hit the country following the violent uprising in April that ousted former president Kurmanbek Bakiyev, displaced at least 300,000 people within Kyrgyzstan.“The world was taken by surprise with Kyrgyzstan, we must not be taken by surprise again,” Mr. Guterres told reporters yesterday at a site for returned refugees and IDPs in the country’s south.“Entire communities here have been left fractured and embittered. Immediate and sustained humanitarian help is needed to avert a dangerous expansion of grievance and loss,” he added. 1 July 2010The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is continuing to distribute supplies to people who have been affected by the recent deadly ethnic clashes in southern Kyrgyzstan. read more

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