After the first real bite of cold in Hamilton, the city’s Emergency and Community Services Committee will be asked to increase help for homeless women.
The report to be presented today is asking for a one-time funding boost to Good Shepherd Services to supply support workers as well as extra beds to help single homeless women throughout the winter months.
If approved, Mary’s Place will receive an additional 10 beds from December First to the end of next May at a cost of almost 100 thousand dollars.
The Social Planning and Research Council’s Renee Westalaar says a common theme for women is being forced out of their homes by domestic violence, but mental and physical illness are the other common threads.
Right now, every month 300 women are turned away from a shelter bed in Hamilton.