Halifax’s Out of the Cold shelter changes model amid COVID-19 pandemic

Changes are coming to one of Halifax’s emergency cold weather shelters as it deals with the new reality of the novel coronavirus pandemic.

Out of the Cold will move to a “staff-only model” that operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week, the shelter announced in a social media post on Saturday.

That means no more volunteers, donation drop-offs or unexpected guests for the remainder of the season.

The shelter will no longer accept referrals from the community, offer emergency beds or a supper drop-in service.

Instead, Out of the Cold says it will be housing and supporting a set number of people experiencing homelessness.

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