Hundreds have gathered for a rally outside of a facility which provides a range of medical services to seven thousand residents of Hamilton’s downtown core.
The Hamilton Urban Core Community Health Centre operates out of a rundown, former bus station on Rebecca Street.
Challenges with the location, which it has called hone since 1997, include flooding and electrical problems.
Adrianna Tetley, the Executive Director of the Ontario Association of Community Health Centres, says they need the province to commit to operating funding that will allow them to maintain their programs within a new building.
Tetley adds that the Ministry of Health has approved capital funding for the new building, but the local health integration network is several hundred thousand short of what they need to maintain their programs.
She also stresses that they serve people who are homeless, immigrants and refugees and those with complex mental health issues within one of the highest need neighbourhoods in the city,