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Site Tour Update - Registration is Full (Update posted Saturday, April 22, 2023 at 9:30 a.m.)

Thank you to the 180 people who have registered for tours being held on Tuesday, April 25. Registration is full.

If you would like to be added to a Waitlist in case of cancellations, please email us at interimhousingsolutions@regionofwaterloo.ca.

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Site Tours for General Public - Tuesday, April 25, 2023

Learn more about the Outdoor Shelter on a 30-minute tour of the site led by representatives of The Working Centre.

Please register for a tour in the Key Dates section of this webpage. Capacity is limited to ensure sufficient parking for attendees.

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Construction Update - April 14, 2023

Work continues at the Outdoor Shelter site on Erb's Road to prepare for a late April opening. Here are a few photographs from the site this week:

Construction equipment smooths the site at 1001 Erb's Road. Individual cabins are pictured in the background. An interior shot of one of the cabins shows a bed with bedding, desk, chair and mini fridge.


Aerial shot of the site shows cabins on the site.

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Community Education Sessions - Updated February 1, 2023


Thank you to all those who attended our in-person and virtual community education sessions held on Thursday, January 26 and Tuesday, January 31. The recording of the virtual session is now available. If your question was not answered live in the virtual session, it will be included in updated FAQs.

Watch for updates on this webpage for future meetings and project updates.

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Background about this project

The number of people currently experiencing homelessness in Waterloo Region is unprecedented, and similar to many communities across Canada, we are living through a crisis.

In response to this crisis, the Region of Waterloo announced that a portion of the Regionally-owned property at 1001 Erb’s Road in Waterloo will operate as the site of a new outdoor shelter. The site will accommodate 50 people currently experiencing unsheltered homelessness.

The Region is working closely with the Working Centre, the City of Waterloo, the Township of Wilmot and community partners, and expects the outdoor shelter to be up and running by the end of April 2023.

The Region is also actively looking to establish additional outdoor shelter sites in Kitchener and Cambridge to help in our work to end chronic homelessness. Outdoor shelters are an important tool in the Region’s overall strategy to end chronic homelessness and complement other actions by the Region.

Here are some details about what the outdoor shelter will look like and who will oversee operations on-site:

  • The site will be staffed 24/7, managed by The Working Centre and will include support services and security.
  • Services provided will include mental health and addictions supports, with a strong focus on connecting residents to permanent housing options.
  • Fifty individual cabins will provide private, safer and inclusive accommodation for those experiencing unsheltered homelessness.
  • Each cabin measures approximately 107 square feet and will be furnished, and equipped with electricity, heating and cooling.
  • A main cabin complex will provide amenities like running water, common space and washrooms, laundry services, heating and electricity.
  • The site will have guidelines and expectations and will be managed by The Working Centre.
  • Safety and security of the residents, staff and neighbours are of critical importance.

The site will be operated by The Working Centre. For 40 years, The Working Centre has been a creative community organization that has developed a wide array of local initiatives from housing, shelter, employment, food distribution and community enterprises.

Site Tour Update - Registration is Full (Update posted Saturday, April 22, 2023 at 9:30 a.m.)

Thank you to the 180 people who have registered for tours being held on Tuesday, April 25. Registration is full.

If you would like to be added to a Waitlist in case of cancellations, please email us at interimhousingsolutions@regionofwaterloo.ca.

___________________________________________________________________________________________________

Site Tours for General Public - Tuesday, April 25, 2023

Learn more about the Outdoor Shelter on a 30-minute tour of the site led by representatives of The Working Centre.

Please register for a tour in the Key Dates section of this webpage. Capacity is limited to ensure sufficient parking for attendees.

____________________________________________________________________________________________________

Construction Update - April 14, 2023

Work continues at the Outdoor Shelter site on Erb's Road to prepare for a late April opening. Here are a few photographs from the site this week:

Construction equipment smooths the site at 1001 Erb's Road. Individual cabins are pictured in the background. An interior shot of one of the cabins shows a bed with bedding, desk, chair and mini fridge.


Aerial shot of the site shows cabins on the site.

__________________________________________________________________________________________________


Community Education Sessions - Updated February 1, 2023


Thank you to all those who attended our in-person and virtual community education sessions held on Thursday, January 26 and Tuesday, January 31. The recording of the virtual session is now available. If your question was not answered live in the virtual session, it will be included in updated FAQs.

Watch for updates on this webpage for future meetings and project updates.

________________________________________________________________________________________________

Background about this project

The number of people currently experiencing homelessness in Waterloo Region is unprecedented, and similar to many communities across Canada, we are living through a crisis.

In response to this crisis, the Region of Waterloo announced that a portion of the Regionally-owned property at 1001 Erb’s Road in Waterloo will operate as the site of a new outdoor shelter. The site will accommodate 50 people currently experiencing unsheltered homelessness.

The Region is working closely with the Working Centre, the City of Waterloo, the Township of Wilmot and community partners, and expects the outdoor shelter to be up and running by the end of April 2023.

The Region is also actively looking to establish additional outdoor shelter sites in Kitchener and Cambridge to help in our work to end chronic homelessness. Outdoor shelters are an important tool in the Region’s overall strategy to end chronic homelessness and complement other actions by the Region.

Here are some details about what the outdoor shelter will look like and who will oversee operations on-site:

  • The site will be staffed 24/7, managed by The Working Centre and will include support services and security.
  • Services provided will include mental health and addictions supports, with a strong focus on connecting residents to permanent housing options.
  • Fifty individual cabins will provide private, safer and inclusive accommodation for those experiencing unsheltered homelessness.
  • Each cabin measures approximately 107 square feet and will be furnished, and equipped with electricity, heating and cooling.
  • A main cabin complex will provide amenities like running water, common space and washrooms, laundry services, heating and electricity.
  • The site will have guidelines and expectations and will be managed by The Working Centre.
  • Safety and security of the residents, staff and neighbours are of critical importance.

The site will be operated by The Working Centre. For 40 years, The Working Centre has been a creative community organization that has developed a wide array of local initiatives from housing, shelter, employment, food distribution and community enterprises.

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