Cold Weather Strategy Makes Warm Shelter Available
Everyone needs a warm and safe place to sleep during our cold Saskatchewan winters. That is why community-based organizations, with support of the Government of Saskatchewan, are once again launching the Cold Weather Strategy.
The Ministry of Social Services is working closely with community partners to ensure everyone has access to safe shelter during cold weather, and may pay for individuals or families to stay at emergency shelters or hotels in the local or surrounding community.
“Saskatchewan winters can be unpredictable for those who do not have a warm, safe place to call home,” Social Services Minister Paul Merriman said. “Social Services Pandemic Response and the Cold Weather Strategy will run alongside each other to make sure that everyone has safe shelter from the cold this winter. I want to thank all community partners for their unwavering commitment to the Cold Weather Strategy during this unprecedented time.”
“COVID-19 has created new challenges, but Mobile Crisis will continue to partner with government and other community agencies to ensure that everyone who needs a bed or a safe place to stay will have access to one,” Regina Mobile Crisis Acting Executive Director Jan Thorson said. “As an agency, we are committed to working diligently to help those in need.”
“COVID-19 has certainly changed a lot of things, but our commitment to ensure everyone has a warm, safe place to get out of the cold is not one of them,” Salvation Army Major Mike Hoeft said. “While some shelters may have limited capacity due to the pandemic, we remain committed to helping those who are homeless or at risk of being homeless to feel safe and supported. We realize that no one organization can accomplish this alone, so we are working with all community partners to ensure those at risk can find safe shelter, a safe space and a hot meal.”
In Regina, Mobile Crisis Services provides services and referrals 24 hours a day, seven days a week and can be reached at 306-757-0127. People will be connected with the appropriate shelter supports in Regina that will meet their needs. During weekday business hours, people can drop in to the Ministry of Social Services’ Regina Service Centre at 2045 Broad Street for assistance.
In Saskatoon, the Salvation Army can be contacted by calling 306-244-6280. They provide emergency services and referrals 24 hours a day, seven days a week. People will be directed to appropriate shelter supports in Saskatoon that will meet their needs. During weekday business hours, people may visit or contact the Ministry of Social Services’ Saskatoon Service Centre at 160 - 2nd Avenue South for assistance.
In Prince Albert, Prince Albert Mobile Crisis is available after hours at 306-764-1011 and will connect callers with shelter supports. YWCA after-hours emergency services for men and women at Our House (15th Street Location) are available by calling 306-922-6162.
People needing shelter in other communities across the province should contact their nearest Ministry of Social Services office. A list of service centres is available at www.saskatchewan.ca/residents/family-and-social-support/find-a-social-services-office. They can also contact an emergency shelter, Mobile Crisis Services (if available in their community) or the police. Those who need financial assistance can apply for Saskatchewan Income Support or Saskatchewan Assured Income for Disability benefits.
Members of the public are encouraged to call 911 if they see someone in need. A list of shelters and services for people in need is available at www.sk.211.ca.