Yellowknife (September 10, 2014) – On September 9, 2014, the Yellowknife Health and Social Services Authority (YHSSA) awarded the NWT Disabilities Council with a contract to provide day shelter services effective October 1, 2014.
Health and Social Service Minister Glen Abernethy noted, “today is an important day, because it demonstrates our society’s commitment to care about everyone. We have heard many times and in many venues about the challenges that some of our citizens experience on a daily basis. It is a moral obligation for government to find ways to support clients that live in difficult circumstances and need our help, and I commend the efforts made by all of these partners to create a sustainable daytime shelter service for people at a time when it is most needed.”
Denise McKee, Executive Director for the NWT Disabilities Council said, “we are pleased to have been awarded the contract for the operation of the Day Shelter, and we will continue to work, as part of an integrated team, to address the complex issues faced by individuals and families experiencing homelessness, and related issues.”
“YHSSA is excited to work with the NWT Disabilities Council for the successful delivery of daytime shelter services to clients in need of support, and we will work closely with this partner to ensure improvements are made that facilitate appropriate access and support to clients” said Liz Wyman, Board Chair of YHSSA. “I would also like to recognize the other key stakeholders that supported the success of this initiative, including the Department of Health and Social Services, the City of Yellowknife, the Departments of Public Works and Services, Education, Culture and Employment, Justice, and the NWT Housing Corporation, and the Yellowknife Chamber of Commerce; and I wish to thank Peterson and Auger for providing the critical space needed for this initiative to go forward.”
Working with other government departments and the City of Yellowknife, the Yellowknife Health and Social Services Authority (YHSSA) issued separate Request for Proposals (RFPs) for a service provider for the Day Shelter, and leased space. On September 2, 2014, a lease was signed with Peterson/Auger for a property located at 5023-49th Street in Yellowknife. The lease is for two years, with optional yearly extensions for an additional three years.
The Yellowknife Day Shelter is funded by the Department of Health and Social Services and the City of Yellowknife.
For more information contact:
Manager Planning and Communications
Department of Health and Social Services
Tel: (867) 920-8927
NWT Disabilities Council
Tel: (867) 873-8230
Toll Free: 1-800-491-8885