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Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Construction Of Youth Shelter Starting Next Month

A former church in the South end being torn down to make way for a youth shelter. 

Crews dismantling the old St. James Anglican Church tomorrow as part of the preparatory work for Safe Harbour's emergency and transitional housing for the city's homeless young people. Construction is scheduled to begin next month, with plans to have the facility up and running by the summer of next year.

Project Coordinator Colin MacDonald tells CHSJ News this is monumental because it means this winter is the last that homeless youth have to spend outside. MacDonald says over the last three years they have seen momentum building for this project, and they will soon be announcing their partners.

Last year, 67 youth accessed an adult emergency shelter in Saint John and an estimated more than 100 youth need transitional housing.