To the editor, regarding Bethany Horne's story, "Out in the cold" (Nov. 27, News),

I was stunned when I heard that the city's only wet shelter, Pendleton (truly a shelter of last resort), would not open this year. I was equally disturbed at the way the St. Leonard's society went about not re-offering the service. The wet shelter had an advisory committee of shelter providers across the HRM. St. Leonard's implements the program and St. Leonard's went behind this committee's back and proposed another deal to the province: They sacrificed the wet shelter with its 40 beds and exchanged it for 16 more beds for their existing shelters. Not only was it bad math, but it put a whole group of people who are the most vulnerable at risk of injury and even death, which, if we have forgotten, was the reason why the shelter was created in the first place.

By ---Susan LeFort

Support The Coast

At a time when the city needs local coverage more than ever, we’re asking for your help to support independent journalism. We are committed as always to providing free access to readers, particularly as we confront the impact of COVID-19 in Halifax and beyond.

Read more about the work we do here, or consider making a donation. Thank you for your support!

Comments (0)

Add a comment

Add a Comment

Poll

Did you vote in advance polls for the 2021 federal election?

Get more Halifax

Our Thursday email gets you caught up with The Coast. Sign up and go deep on Halifax.

Recent Comments