Expansion could be in sight for Iqaluit men’s shelter – Nunatsiaq.com

February 23, 2018

“We know that the needs are great in our community for our most vulnerable people,” mayor says

There is a lot of talk about the need for transitional housing in Nunavut communities. In Iqaluit, that talk could soon become reality.

The Uquutaq Society, which runs the 20-bed Iqaluit men’s shelter on Fred Coman Dr., has its eye on a set of new buildings that it hopes to purchase for a much-needed expansion.

With those buildings secured, the society would increase the shelter’s scope of services beyond being an emergency overnight shelter, to also offer transitional housing, to help prepare homeless clients to live independently.

“We would be putting a lot more programming in place,” said Matthew Clark, secretary-treasurer of the Uquutaq Society. That’s for services like mental-health support, skill development and employment coaching.

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