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NWT Disability Council Agrees to Run the Dene Ko Kay Day Shelter Until May 31

YELLOWKNIFE (March 18, 2014) – The NWT Disabilities Council will operate the Dene Ko Day Shelter in Yellowknife throughout April and May 2014.

“This gives us time to work with community partners to develop a plan for daytime services by September,” said Glen Abernethy, Minister of Health and Social Services.

The program will continue to provide drop-in daytime shelter services in the same building until May 31.

“I am pleased that there will be no disruption of daytime services for the homeless until the end of spring,” said Liz Wyman, Board Chair of YHSSA. “I would also like to thank the John Howard Society for running the Dene Ko Day Shelter for the past four and a half years. The board, as well as the staff, did a good job in supporting and providing comfort on a day-to-day basis to Yellowknife’s homeless people.”

The day shelter is a partnership between YHSSA, the City of Yellowknife, and community groups such as Yellowknife Food Rescue. It is part of the GNWT’s commitment to invest in prevention to ensure a sustainable health-care system and a vibrant, safe community. The Department of Health and Social Services and YHSSA are committed to exploring all options to provide a similar service in the fall.

For more information, contact:

Les Harrison
Chief Executive Officer
Yellowknife Health and Social Services Authority
Tel: (867) 873-7224
Email: [email protected]

Umesh Sutendra
A/Manager, Communications
Department of Health and Social Services
Tel: (867) 920-3368
Email: [email protected]