Women's shelter in the works for Curve Lake First Nation

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A move is on to build a new women’s shelter in Curve Lake First Nation, but before the shovel ready project can happen, a cost proposal from the Canada Mortgage and Housing Cooperation (CMHC) is needed along with a decision on where to build the facility.

The 15 bed women’s shelter is something that is desperately needed and long overdue according to Chief Emily Whetung. The project was discussed at the Jan. 11, virtual council meeting. The cost of the new shelter is yet to be revealed.

The Curve Lake Health and Family Services team spearheaded the project and sent a briefing memo to all eight council members urging them to choose a building lot before the cut-off date. The funding request began in 2017.

According to the memo, a disproportionate number of Curve Lake members identity as female seeking emergency housing or a shelter bed for herself and her children.

“We are fully aware of many members who remain in unsafe living conditions,” read the memo to Curve Lake Chief and council.

The proposal states the shelter would operate 24-hours with a full staff on hand.

Health officials want to combine transitional and emergency housing into one facility.

No plans are available to show what the shelter would look like. However, the memo reads that rooms would have self-contained bathrooms and a number of amenities. The larger rooms designed for families will mainly serve as a transitional unit with a full kitchenette, full bath, sitting space and beds.

In addition, the shelter would have a large communal kitchen and two large communal spaces deemed as living rooms and client based programming areas.

Natalie Hamilton, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Peterborough This Week