Homelessness in Truro a topic of discussion at Annual Mayors and Chief's Breakfast

Homelessness in Truro was a topic of discussion at the Truro and Colchester Chamber of Commerce's Annual Mayors and Chief's Breakfast Wednesday morning.

In response to a question on the matter, Truro Mayor Bill Mills said the town does not object to having a homeless shelter in the downtown area, but cautions it must be a priority for those who use the shelter to respect the individuals who work and carry out their business there. 

He says the town does not object to having a homeless shelter in the downtown area, but cautions it must be a priority for those who use the shelter to respect the individuals who work and carry out their business there. 

Mills says he has sent a letter to Community Services Minister Kelly Regan asking for direction on the issues of homelessness, mental health, and what to do if someone refuses to accept help when it's offered. 

He says he would also like to find out more about possible funding that could be available to the shelter if it partners with the town.  

Mills says he was prompted to reach out to Regan after council was contacted by the shelter following complaints about a man who chose to sleep outside. 

He says people from other communities, including Halifax, Amherst, and New Glasgow, have been coming to Truro to stay at the shelter.

Mills adds that the region has to develop better cooperation, communication, and tools to help deal with isolated cases.