The closure of the Salvation Army's Centre of Hope in Saint John could be an opportunity to get its homeless clients into stable housing, says a New Brunswick housing advocate.
The organization announced Wednesday the 27-bed shelter will close on April 30.
The move comes after a plea to the province for additional funding was turned down.
Tim Ross, policy director of the New Brunswick Non-Profit Housing Association, said securing permanent housing for the men could be more cost-effective in the long run, rather than what he calls chronic shelter use.
"Communities still require an emergency shelter as sort of a point of entry to respond to homelessness so folks who are in crisis don't have to live in a dangerous situation," said Ross.
"But that shouldn't become someone's home. It should become an entry point into services. The best emergency shelters operate in a context where a community has a plan to address homelessness based on housing first."
Minister of Social Development Madeline Dubé said her department will help find accommodations for the shelter's residents.