UPDATE: Homeless Allowed To Sleep At Street Help To Escape Cold

An update to a story AM800 told you about Friday night...

Windsor Fire has agreed to let Street Help operate as a temporary overnight warming centre.

Street Help is not licensed for overnight accommodations and concerns were raised after fire officials learned several homeless residents were sleeping there to escape the bitter cold.

Windsor Fire was on hand Friday night to train Street Help staff and ensure a fire safety plan was put in place.

Chief Fire Prevention Officer John Lee says, "The primary concern was the safety of the residents," adding, "We were able to provide staff with the training and tools to ensure compliance with fire safety regulations."

The City of Windsor is encouraging those in need to head to the Welcome Centre Shelter for Women, The Salvation Army or the Downtown Mission to get out of the cold.

Those three locations are licensed for overnight stays.

Welcome Centre Shelter for Women
(Services for Single Women or Families)
263 Bridge Ave.
519-971-7595

The Salvation Army
(Services for Single Men)
355 Church St.
519-253-7474

Downtown Mission
(Services for Single Men, Women and Families)
875 Ouellette Ave.
519-973-5573
After Hours Phone: 519-973-5573