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Temporary shelter in Barrie to close soon to allow for future development


The County of Simcoe is winding down operations at a temporary homeless shelter in Barrie.

The County says the Rose Street shelter will remain open until April 30 at reduced capacity.

In a news release on Tuesday, the County noted current shelter users would " be assisted in finding permanent housing options, or, as necessary, further supported through the permanent shelter system."

The temporary 50-bed shelter run by the Busby Centre opened in December to provide a warm place during the winter nights for those in need.

The County invested $800,000 to open the shelter, with the City of Barrie contributing another $400,000, which Warden Basil Clarke said was a necessary investment to ensure the safety of the homeless community..

According to the County, the Rose Street site will be used for an affordable housing development "in the future." Top Stories

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