With the increasing demand for its resources, Barrie Women and Children’s Shelter launched a new housing campaign.
Shelter Me is a $500,000 campaign project that will assist to acquire much-needed second-stage houses.
The Women and Children’s Shelter of Barrie offers emergency residential aid to approximately 30 women and children, according to Barrie Today.
The shelter has started the third phase of its Shelter Me Campaign, which aims to acquire a duplex or triplex to assist women in departing the shelter.
As inflation arise and the cost of housing increases, so is the number of those needing help. However, Barrie shelter says those in need must stay longer.
The shelter has a capacity of 27 people, but due to increased demand, there have been between 30 and 35 women and children at a given time.
“Numbers have gone up,” Deb James said, the shelter’s community development manager. James believed that the rising number of people in need is related to the pandemic.
Prior to the pandemic, women and children would normally remain for around six weeks before relocating to more permanent housing alternatives, but James claims that women are now staying for four to six months due to inflation and high housing prices.
The shelter is issuing a public call to local businesses as well as individuals to assist them with their next endeavor, according to Global News.