Temporary Kingston Youth Shelter beds built in the Queen’s University building in Kingston

Some much needed work to support youth affected by homelessness in Kingston, Ontario is taking place on Queen’s University Campus.

MacGillivray-Brown Hall on Barrie Street is converted into a temporary facility youth Accommodation to provide beds for needy youth in the region.

The Kingston Youth Shelter on Brock Street saw its bed count drop from 14 to six during the pandemic due to public health guidelines and during this time the need for youth beds increased.

“On average we look at between 10 and 16 each night, so to get down to six teenagers a night we know that every day we are turning away people who we could take in and support,” said home manager Anne Braun.

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As Queen’s University is loaning MacGillivray-Brown Hall to Kingston Youth Shelter, there will be sixteen beds for local youth who otherwise have nowhere else to safely lay their heads at night.

Queen’s released a statement saying, “The impact of the pandemic has exacerbated the growing problem of youth homelessness and Kingston Youth Shelter continues to provide an important service to the city.”

Atkinson Home Hardware provided the building materials with just a week’s notice, and Habitat for Humanity did the volunteer work.

“We have ReStore staff, our site manager, office workers and yes, we are,” said Cathy Borowec, CEO of Habitat for Humanity – Kingston Limestone Region.

She said they should be able to build the 16 sleeping pods in one day.

“It’s a simple construction and to allow for some privacy and the airlock, it’s wrapped in house foil,” Borowec said.

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Building materials at this temporary site will also be reused when Kingston Youth Shelter begins renovations at its new and expanded site this summer.

“We will have twenty-one pods at the new location, plus we will have three temporary rooms for youth who may not need to be in a more crowded environment with other youth,” Brown said.

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Brown said she hopes the youth center can take possession of the new premises near Concession and Nelson streets in July and open the doors after renovations there are completed in the fall.

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