Cold sends homeless flocking to shelters
The recent cold snap in Saskatchewan is putting pressure on the province's already busy homeless shelters.
Officials in Saskatoon say shelters there are running at capacity. Jordan Cooper, the residential coordinator for the Salvation Army's shelter for men, said the shelter can house 50 people and space is running out.
He said the frigid weather is forcing more people indoors, and the mandate to staff is clear.
"Staff know if they're not willing to be outside in this, then nobody else should be and that's always been the rule of thumb."
Cooper said the shelter will not turn anyone away — and if the shelter is full, staff will help clients find somewhere else to stay.
He said finding space for people escaping the cold has gotten easier in the city with the addition of a few more shelters.