The wicked cold winter in Saskatchewan has forced some Regina homeless shelters to turn away some people.
Many of the city’s shelters have reached capacity, including the YMCA facilities.
Regina YMCA Director of Media Communications Blair Roberts says they need some equipment to help them now and in the future.
“More shelter beds would be great to solve some of his problem, but the reality is that’s a short term solution,” he says. “If we could actually house people living in homelessness, then we could actually have homeless shelters running the way they’re supposed to.”
Roberts says it boils down to one thing: Are there are enough resources to help the homeless? As of now, it’s a no.
“People are always, unfortunately, going to fall into homelessness. The question is do we have the resources to get them out of homelessness as quickly as possible?”
“And right now, we don’t.”
Roberts says they’ve reached out to Saskatchewan Party and NDP leadership candidates to see how they’ll address the issue. While the response so far has been positive, he’s hoping they’ll give homeless shelters a chance to help those who need it the most.