Daytime Warming Room opens as further support measure for unsheltered residents

Cobourg, ON – January 20, 2021 – A daytime Warming Room is now available where unsheltered residents can come in out of the cold and access washrooms and light refreshments. Located at the Cobourg Lions Community Centre at 157 Elgin Street, East, this respite centre, coordinated by Northumberland County, Green Wood Coalition and St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, is being implemented as a companion measure to the overnight Warming Room launched at Columbus Hall in Cobourg on December 21st. It will be accessible starting today, from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. seven days a week until the end of March.

“We appreciate the ongoing collaboration with community partners to ensure a range of supports is available to community members experiencing homelessness, from emergency shelter, diversion and peer supports, to these drop-in warming centres,” states Director of Community & Social Services Lisa Horne. “This is a vital service, providing a safe space for vulnerable community members to get a break from the cold during the winter months. To further ensure the safety of those visiting the Warming Rooms, COVID-19 protocols are in place, including symptom screening at entry, physical distancing and mandatory use of masks on premises, and enhanced environmental cleaning practices.”

“We are excited to be part of delivering this important service in support of people who are unsheltered and cold in our community,” states Reverend Neil Ellis of St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church. “By collaborating and leveraging our collective resources to provide services like these Warming Rooms, community partners are striving to be responsive to the needs of vulnerable residents.”

The overnight Warming Room is located at Columbus Hall, 232 Spencer Street, East in Cobourg. This service is also offered seven days a week from 9:00 p.m. to 9:00 a.m until the end of March. Both services are being funded with Social Services Relief Funding, announced by the provincial government to enhance social services during COVID-19.

For more information about resources for people experiencing or at risk of homelessness in Northumberland, visit our Housing and Shelter page.