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295 people utilize new emergency shelter in Saskatoon in first 28 days

The average stay in the Saskatoon Tribal Council’s Emergency Wellness Centre is five days. File / Global News

A new emergency wellness centre in Saskatoon has supported 295 people since opening its doors.

The Saskatoon Tribal Council said this translates into 1,512 beds used since Dec. 15, 2021.

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Tribal Chief Mark Arcand said it indicates there is a need for similar centres in the city.

“Two hundred and ninety-five in 28 days is pretty severe in our area for a temporary wellness centre,” he said.

“The good thing that we see with these numbers is that there is a need out there.”

The STC said the average stay in the centre is five days and is a temporary solution to the systemic issue of homelessness.

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It operates 24 hours a day, offering mental health, addictions, employment and housing supports.

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The wellness centre has received more than $157,000 in corporate and private donations to support its operations.

It has also received just over $519,000 in conditional funding from the Saskatchewan Housing Corporation.

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