Step Inside Windsor’s New Shelter for Women and Families

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A new shelter is opening next week to help women and children in need of a place to live.

The new location of the Welcome Center Shelter for Women and Families is the only Windsor facility designated for families, and it is pet-friendly and accessible.

Executive director Lady Laforet said it will not be filled when the shelter opens due to other locations being offered through city and community agencies.

“We are not opening up to full capacity and we intend to keep it that way,” she said. “As the need arises, we will no longer have phone calls where we say to women ‘Sorry try again tomorrow,’ because we will have bed capacity to accept almost three times the amount of women we currently do.”

The city purchased the space, a former hotel at 500 Tuscarora St., last year, and it is set to open its doors after a renovation.

Members of the media visited the new facility on Thursday.

The shelter has 32 beds for women and 16 rooms for families, and will offer services such as harm reduction, housing assistance and programs for children.

The provincial government contributed $7.75 million to the purchase of the former hotel, and the federal government provided $553,000 in funding.

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