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Dr. Moore to campers: ‘Nothing about you, without you’

Dr. Kieran Moore, Kingston’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, uses a simple phrase to sum up his approach to the Belle Park tent camp: “Nothing about you, without you,” he said. This maxim of Kingston Frontenac Lennox & Addington (KFL&A) Public Health Unit keeps the affected people at the centre

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Hall Monitor: Carrying camp

Kingston City Council sat for meeting 18-2020 (agenda) on Tuesday, June 2, 2020, sitting in its virtual format. Though council had a variety of topics on the agenda, the focus of the meeting clearly circled around the ongoing homeless camp at Belle Park. The meeting opened with a delegation, who

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Finding a home a struggle for those with support animals

A woman, her daughter and their two emotional support animals say they are struggling to find housing that can accommodate them after fleeing unsafe housing in Millhaven, Ont. last week. Kelly Hennessey, her 13-year-old daughter, their St. Bernard, Willow, and pot-belly pig, Ghost, spent Sunday night at a Kingston hotel

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Belle Park homeless camp ‘very temporary’ City says

The City of Kingston is working to find alternative solutions for the homeless camp at Belle Park soon, according to Robert Hosier, Communications Officer for the City of Kingston.  Hosier said the City has not determined a maximum number of occupants for the site, where a group of Kingston’s homeless

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Belle Park becomes ‘hub’ For Kingston’s outdoor homeless community

The City of Kingston has approved the entrance to Belle Park on Montreal Street as a temporary camping location in response to the growing number of homeless people choosing to live outdoors across Kingston. According to Nathan Rosevear, who has been living at the camp at Belle Park for three

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Homeless campers told to vacate Springer Market Square

Only days after Kingston Police and City officials said they would be allowed to remain at Springer Market Square, homeless campers have been instructed to vacate the site. Kingston Police Sergeant Steve Koopman confirmed that City officials visited the site on Friday morning to speak with the campers, advise them

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City, Kingston Police address homeless camp at City Hall

Right now, many of Kingston’s residents are staying home as much as possible, but for some in the city that don’t have a place to call home, Springer Market Square behind City Hall has been acting as home base since the start of April. There, tarps have been erected into

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Hall Monitor: Virtual Emergency

Kingston City Council broke new ground last night as they sat for both Special Meeting of Council 12-2020 (agenda), as well as meeting 13-2020 (agenda) on Tuesday, Mar. 24, 2020. The meetings, which were held through virtual meeting software, were notable in that this is the first time Council has

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City to open new space for at-risk population amid concerns over current facilities

The City of Kingston will be opening a new space for those who are between housing or experiencing homelessness during the current COVID-19 pandemic. Since the onset of the local response to the pandemic, a number of issues have been raised by Kingston residents regarding the current situation for those

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United Way boosts new Youth Hub with $435,000 in funding

Just days after the announcement of its new Youth Services Hub, Home Base Housing is welcoming in the United Way of Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington (KFL&A) as its first partner with a contribution totaling $435,000.00 to help relocate One Roof Youth Services Hub. “One Roof already does some phenomenal

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Princess Street United Church site to be home to new Youth Services Hub

A new, youth-focused development will soon be located at the corner of Princess and Albert Streets according to the plans Home Base Housing (HBH) revealed today for the Princess Street United Church (PSUC) site. The property, acquired by HBH last summer, will remain home to the church congregation, but will

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Warming and Counselling Centre opens in downtown Kingston

Anyone who has been outside over the past few days knows the cold weather is definitely here in Kingston. At the same time, a new Warming and Counselling Centre has opened in the city’s downtown core. Located at 235 Wellington Street, the centre is offering a place to warm up,

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