Yellowknife homeless day shelter closes

Yellowknife's day shelter for the homeless will close its doors Saturday, May 31. The Yellowknife Health and Social Services Authority says it hopes to have a new day shelter set up by September.

"This place has been a godsend," says shelter patron James Thrasher

Yellowknife homeless day shelter closes Saturday 2:30

Yellowknife's day shelter for the homeless will close its doors Saturday, May 31.

Since it opened in 2009 it has served as a home for many people who didn't have one. Around 70 people a day spent time at the shelter for warmth, a meal, or a place to sleep during the day when the Salvation Army overnight shelter is closed.

James Thrasher says the Yellowknife day shelter "has been a godsend" for the city's homeless. (CBC)

"This place has been a godsend for us homeless," says James Thrasher. 

He says he's unable to work. He has arthritis and diabetes and spends his days at the shelter.

The John Howard Society had been contracted by the Yellowknife Health and Social Services Authority to run the space. But when the society left at the beginning of April, the N.W.T. Disability Council stepped in to run it until the lease on the property ran out at the end of May.

"From what I see, it's just going to be more people downtown wandering around, no place to go," says Eric Wardell, who says he's homeless and used to spend his days at the shelter.

The lease for the Yellowknife day shelter runs out May 31. The Yellowknife Health and Social Services Authority hopes to find a new location by September. (CBC)

"Bathrooms in downtown Yellowknife is a big thing for homeless people." 

The Yellowknife Health and Social Services Authority says it hopes to have a new day shelter set up by September.

Comments

To encourage thoughtful and respectful conversations, first and last names will appear with each submission to CBC/Radio-Canada's online communities (except in children and youth-oriented communities). Pseudonyms will no longer be permitted.

By submitting a comment, you accept that CBC has the right to reproduce and publish that comment in whole or in part, in any manner CBC chooses. Please note that CBC does not endorse the opinions expressed in comments. Comments on this story are moderated according to our Submission Guidelines. Comments are welcome while open. We reserve the right to close comments at any time.