Showers, computers and more mental health services are coming to Windsor’s homelessness hub

Public computers and shower facilities are two of the new amenities coming to the Windsor’s Homelessness and Housing Help Hub (H4) this summer, part of a council endorsement to expand services at the hub and improve the downtown core. 

The city said Tuesday that as part of the Strengthen the Core plan approved by council last month, they’ll be adding more recreation programming, a hot meal for those experiencing homelessness and the expansion of health care and mental health support on site, in addition to shower and computer facilities.  Professionals from the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) will be on site from 4 p.m. to midnight seven days a week. 

“These added supports and increased access to expanded services are critical to the success of this plan, and to helping lift vulnerable residents, for the benefit of our entire community,” said Ward 3 Coun. Renaldo Agostino. “The work we do here begins in the core but expands far beyond the downtown.” The city has already announced plans to extend hours at the site to seven days a week, 8 a.m. to midnight.

The Strengthen the Core plan includes seven core priorities, and adding services at the H4 hub falls under the third property, dubbed healthy spaces. The city will spend nearly half of the plan’s cost, or almost $1.5 million of the plan’s total $3.2 million price tag, on expanding services and hours at the H4 centre. Another large chunk will be spent on adding more auxiliary officers in the downtown core. 

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