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Region will see 73 additional shelter beds this winter

There will be 28 beds in Cambridge and 45 in Kitchener
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There's officially snow on the ground and while some of us may be excited for the return of winter, it also creates a bigger push for these temporary beds to become accessible.

Ryan Pettipiere, Director of Housing Services at the Region of Waterloo, says the region can expect the beds shortly.

"We're working very hard to get them open and operational as quickly as possible. Current timelines, we're looking at a couple of weeks so later in November, possibly as late as early December before both sites may be operational but we're pushing for as soon as possible given the down turn in temperatures recently."

Pettipiere explains where the additional beds will be located.

"This year we're looking at operating two separate sites. One in the city of Cambridge and one in the city of Kitchener. The Cambridge site we're anticipating having capacity for 28 additional spaces, and in Kitchener, anticipating 45 spaces to be up and operational there."

The Bridges in downtown Galt will house the beds in Cambridge, while St. Mark's Lutheran Church will hold Kitchener's spaces.

A budget of $407,000 dollars has been allocated for the two shelters, most of which will go towards staffing of the spaces.


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