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The Warming Centre is nearly at capacity, the low barrier shelter is full on a nightly basis and the number of hotel rooms being rented to homeless individuals is also at the max.  

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These startling updates were heard during January’s District of Nipissing Social Services Administration Board monthly meeting.  

New board members, Deputy Mayor Maggie Horsfield and Coun. Justine Mallah asked for specific numbers in terms of how many homeless individuals are accessing these services, how many hotels rooms are booked on a nightly basis and the cost.  

“The lower shelter is consistently at capacity each night, it’s a 21-bed facility. The Warming Centre, the daytime program, is seeing numbers in the range of 25 to 35 each day,” said Stacey Cyopeck, director of housing services for DNSSAB.  

Dennis Chippa, executive director of the Gathering Place said staff are seeing a minimum of 30 people come through the doors every day at the Warming Centre.  

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The Gathering Place is responsible for providing staff to operate the Warming Centre located at Northern Pines off Chippewa Street in the former Ontario Provincial Police building.  

The building has been converted into transitional housing, however there is space available to keep people out of the cold.  

Chippa said they’re seeing a lot of new faces at the Warming Centre, as well, accessing meals at the Gathering Place.  

Coun. Justine Mallah asked for a report that will identify how many people are accessing hotels rooms due to homelessness and how many are being turned away “with no warm place to sleep.”  

Cyopeck said a report will come forward in February.  

King asked for a general average for the hotel use.  

“I can tell you the overflow policy and transitional plan for that, the hotel rooms for extreme cold days is capped at 20. So that’s the typical max usage we would be seeing,” Cyopeck said.  

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