An annual provincial investment to Bedford MacDonald House will allow 24/7 accessibility to programs and supports for men in need of shelter in Charlottetown.
The province, through the Department of Social Development and Housing, will provide the Salvation Army with $355,500 annually to help operate Bedford MacDonald House.
The Salvation Army has operated Bedford MacDonald House for seven years providing shelter, support and compassion to men experiencing homelessness in Charlottetown.
This new funding will allow the shelter to continue to provide its current services and offer support to help men successfully transition away from homelessness through coaching, social interaction, direction to practical resources, lifestyle skill development and connection to community resources.
Additionally, the funding will allow for new programs focussed on health, grooming, social and spiritual care.
This will include hygiene kits, recreational activities and more.
The maximum length of stay will increase from seven days in a 30-day period to 21 days.
Through this funding agreement, the Salvation Army will also manage the temporary shelter phone line established last December and connect callers with the resources they require.
Any Islander seeking temporary shelter can call toll-free 1-833-220-4722.