Saint John's new homeless hub offers place to warm up during day, sleep at night

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New Brunswick

A promised homeless hub in Saint John has opened, but there’s still a lot of work to be done before it’s fully operational.

Hub now focused on out-of-the-cold shelter, but other support coming in spring

Jordan Gill · CBC News

· Posted: Feb 11, 2024 5:00 AM EST | Last Updated: 10 hours ago

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A hub was originally scheduled to open in April, but the province moved up the date after a homeless man died from injuries sustained in a tent fire. (Google)

A promised homeless hub in Saint John has opened, but there’s still a lot of work to be done before it’s fully operational.

The building on Somerset Street in the north end has an overnight out-of-the-cold shelter, which opened in December, but now also offers a warm place to spend the day as well as access to showers.

The hub is run by Outflow Ministry Inc., which also runs the year-round shelter on Waterloo Street.

Tony Dickinson, director of housing for Outflow Ministry, characterized the recent opening as a “soft opening,” adding there’s lots of work to be done before the centre can truly be called a hub.

“It will still be transitioning more into more of the full idea of the hub this spring,” Dickinson said.

“So things like having health care, their social development staff,

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