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Support for homeless during stay-at-home

Tinee Furbert, the Minister of Social Development and Seniors, far left, and Lindsay Simmons, the Junior Minister of Social development and Seniors, left, speak with Beverly Daniels, of Salvation Army, about shelter capacity (Photograph supplied)

Bermuda’s homeless population will be sheltered during the stay-at-home period with the help of the Government, the Ministry of Social Development and Seniors pledged today.

Tinee Furbert said that supplies, including personal protective equipment and additional food, will be donated to the Salvation Army for their 24-hour emergency shelter on North Street, Pembroke.

Ms Furbert said that the shelter was capable of holding 15 men and 10 women and that the emergency shelter was expected to meet boarding demands.

She added: “At this time, we have decided not to open the emergency shelter at CedarBridge Academy.

“However, if the demand changes, our ministry will take the necessary actions to ensure our unsheltered population is not impacted."

Ms Furbert said that the Salvation Army would be provided with Covid-19 tests for occupants and that those who tested positive would be quarantined.

She added: "On behalf of the Government, I want to thank the Salvation Army for consistently stepping up to the plate to help our community.

"Bermuda, as we continue to navigate this pandemic together, it is essential that we recognise how important caring for one another is.

“We are so much stronger when we come together and can overcome situations that otherwise may have broken us."

Anyone experiencing a lack of emergency shelter should contact the Ministry of Social Development and Seniors at (441) 501- 3002 or askus@gov.bm

A spokesperson for the Salvation Army said: “The Salvation Army understands the importance of having access to safe shelter and meals. For our vulnerable neighbours, this lockdown will make it increasingly difficult for individuals to receive their day-to-day necessities.

“Amidst this lockdown, The Salvation Army will continue to operate the services below to support those in need.”

The organisation provided the following contact information:

The Salvation Army Emergency Shelter (call for availability)

Location: 44 King Street, Hamilton

Contact: Chandra-Lee Bascome

Email: chandra-lee.bascome@salvationarmy.bm

Number: 292 2586

North Street Feeding Programme (takeout service)

Location: 10 North Street, Hamilton

Contact: Lt. Kendacy Barnes

Number: 704 7673

Email: kendacy.barnes@salvationarmy.bm

Hours: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturdays between 5.15pm to 5.45pm.

Hamilton Street Ministry Van

Number: 292 2586

Hours: Monday-Saturday between 5.15pm to 6.30pm.

North Street Hall Food Bank

Location: 10 North Street, Hamilton

Contact: Lt. Kendacy Barnes

Number: 704 7673

Email: kendacy.barnes@salvationarmy.bm

Hours: Tuesday-Friday between 9.30am to 1pm.

St. George’s Church Food Bank

Location: 6 Governor’s Alley, St. George’s

Contact: Capt. Wayne Knight

Number: 297 0267

Email: wayne.knight@salvationarmy.bm

Hours: Wednesdays and Fridays between 9 am to 12pm.

West End Community Church Food Bank

Location: 5 Cambridge Road, Somerset

Contact: Lt. Adriane Cartmell

Number: 234 4046

Email: adriane.cartmell@salvationarmy.bm

Hours: Wednesdays between 4pm to 5.45pm.

For those accessing food bank services, you will need to provide one photo ID (work permit or driver’s license) and one document (bill, bank statement, etc.).

People with any questions regarding The Salvation Army’s services during Covid-19, is asked to contact 292 2586.

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Published April 13, 2021 at 5:19 pm (Updated April 13, 2021 at 5:19 pm)

Support for homeless during stay-at-home

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