The Kingston Warming and Counselling Centre on Wellington St has abruptly closed without warning, confirm City officials following inquiries from Kingstonist. At this time, the City has not provided any reasoning for the closure.
The sudden closure comes after a source with inside knowledge of its current operations brought several concerns forward last week, including lack of space in the current facilities and the inability to maintain social distancing within them amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
City officials say that an alternative is being worked out, but have not provided information on what that alternative is.
“The Warming Centre, which is not a shelter, closed about one week earlier than its planned closure. Individuals experiencing homelessness can utilize shelter services. The City is also working with partners on opening another facility that will provide for self-isolation within the next few days,” says Robert Hosier, Communications Officer with the City of Kingston.
Bhavana Varma, President and CEO of the Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox & Addington United Way, says that there is a lot of work being done in the background to finalize a suitable alternative. “The City and a number of community organizations have been working hard on a location, and we’re close to finalizing it this week. Details will be finalized shortly,” says Varma.
More to come.