Safe Harbour teen homeless shelter opens in Saint John
10-bed shelter will provide emergency and transitional housing for youth, aged 16-24
An emergency teen homeless shelter and transition home is opening this week in Saint John.
"It’s really overwhelming but so exciting," said residential director Lindsay Gallagher. "I can’t wait to open our doors," she said.
The shelter, located on Broad Street, is holding an open house for the public today from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m.
The two-storey facility has an open-concept layout with a living room, games room, kitchen, dining room, library, art room, quiet room and girls' bedrooms on the main floor. Upstairs is the boys' area with a TV room, said Gallagher.
The shelter will house both male and female youth, aged 16 to 24.
Residents can stay for short-term emergencies, or up to six months, when needing time to transition to permanent housing, said Gallagher.
Although many of the homeless youth in the city are not currently living on the street, but rather staying at adult shelters, or "couch surfing" with friends, "Some are staying in unsafe situations," she said.
Two staff will be on-site 24 hours a day for two shifts.