The Kingston Youth Shelter is relocating from its location at 234 Brock St to 113 Lower Union St in response to COVID-19.
The City of Kingston says the shelter is being moved to ensure a safe space for the most vulnerable to practice social distancing.
“Public health is top of mind for all Kingstonians. While many of us are able to go home, to practice social distancing, and to cope with the effects of this pandemic through the help and support of family and friends, there are those among us who don’t have that option. The City of Kingston is working diligently with community partners to provide those residents with the resources they need,” says Ruth Noordegraaf, the City’s Director of Housing & Social Services. “The City is also working with community partners to identify a second location that will provide homeless individuals with a space for self-isolation.
The City also says that it is identifying and addressing unintended consequences of building closures, such as installing portable toilets at Belle Park and Artillery Park, in addition to washrooms already available at City Hall and the Salvation Army.