A Chatham men’s shelter is reopening June 22, but there won’t be any overnight stays allowed right now.
The operation is going to look much different than it did when it closed due to COVID-19 on April 25, said Loree Bailey, the general manager of Chatham Hope Haven.
The biggest change is that the shelter will be opening during the day as a cooling off station where people experiencing homelessness can come in for a break from the weather, use the washroom, have lunch, a shower and do their laundry.
The shelter will initially be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
As needs change, so will the hours, Bailey said.
The number people allowed inside will be limited to maintain safe physical distancing, she said.
“If we’re full and there’s people waiting to come in then people will have to leave so others can come in,” Bailey said.
The Municipality of Chatham-Kent has established a temporary homeless shelter at the John D. Bradley Centre during the pandemic.