Wood Buffalo Emergency shelter to close in January

Wood Buffalo Housing said the building will stop serving clients on January 31 due to a lack of funding from the province.

 

In a statement Friday afternoon, Wood Buffalo Housing said the building will stop serving clients on January 31, 2020 due to a lack of funding from the province.

9 Full-time staff will be affected by the closure.

WBH says they were notified by the Alberta Government that they would no longer receive funds based on the fact they haven’t been operating at full capacity over the past few years.

WBH plans on meeting with the tenants who live on the second and third floors over the next week to discuss their future.

The Salvation Army shelter is being expanded so people can still access services when Marshall House closes.

Marshall House, located in downtown Fort McMurray, has been open since 2006. The shelter provides 100 beds for those over age 18 who are most vulnerable in the community.

People staying at the shelter are provided a hot meal, showers, Television, movies and a library of books.

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