Working to re-open the service hub in Kenora

Northwestern Health Unit is committed to working with partners towards re-opening the
Service Hub Shelter in Kenora
Despite good intentions, the temporary closure of the service hub shelter in Kenora was announced
July 29, 2019.
The service hub shelter was intended to meet the needs of a very vulnerable population. Protection
from extreme weather such as extreme cold and heat helps to reduce illness such as heat stroke,
frost bite and potentially death. Regular meals and increased connection to services can improve
the health of clients, meaning lower demands on the health care system, social services and police
services.
Addictions and substance use are related to the some of the concerns expressed about the shelter.
“Addiction is a problem in Northwestern Ontario. Regional statistics indicate that substance misuse
is a problem for a variety of addictive substances” says Dr. Young-Hoon. A shelter is only part of the
solution for addiction. “Supportive housing, access to treatment, harm reduction services, prevention,
policies and enforcement to control the sale of addictive substances are also key strategic actions in
managing this problem”.
“Northwestern Health Unit is committed to working with partner agencies and local, provincial, and
federal governments towards re-opening a shelter that is evidence-based, inclusive, culturally safe,
and connects clients to a range of services that meets their health and social needs” says Chief
Executive Officer Marilyn Herbacz. It will be particularly important to establish the shelter before the
colder weather arrives to the region.

Filed in: Briefs, News

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