COVID-19 forced some changes to programs and hours of services for the homeless in the area.
Those changes helped Living Space accommodate an influx people seeking shelter.
Jason Sereda, executive director at the Living Space, explained, there was an increase in the demand for shelter due to evictions from rental outlets, treatment facilities and group homes.
Staying overnight with friends or couch surfing were no longer options amid fears of a spreading virus.
Sereda said it forced Living Space to add two additional shelter sites with programs and staff.
“Due to physical distancing and health and safety requirements imposed by the pandemic, we were required to adjust our services to meet demand and changes,” he explained. “We responded early March by establishing protocols to decrease risk of exposure/transmission amongst guests, staff and volunteers.
“This included expanding to Northern College to create 30 units for physical distancing and isolation sites, and expanding to the McIntyre Arena to create an emergency shelter that could accommodate up to 100 people with the proper spacing in place.”