When the Covid-19 crisis hit, Transition House, Northumberland’s shelter for the homeless (but located in Cobourg), wanted a place where there could be social distancing for staff and clients and their “house” could not do that. Simultaneously, the High School (Cobourg Collegiate Institute – CCI) closed for classes. So with the cooperation of the School Board and with help from MPP David Piccini, the school became an interim “Transition House”. For details see link below. But with schools re-opening in September, this arrangement was not sustainable. With the house empty, changes were able to be made to the House to make it suitable in a Covid-19 world, albeit with a limited capacity. Transition House Executive Director Anne Newman has now announced that they will be moving back to the Chapel Street location on Friday, 17 July.
Changes to House
“Based on direction from Public Health, measures have been implemented to enhance the safety of operations during the pandemic, including updates to washroom facilities, furniture and other infrastructure, protocols for health screening for those entering the facility, enhanced sanitation practices, physical distancing requirements within the facility, and visitors will not be permitted.”
Because of the need for physical distancing, a maximum of 10 clients will be accommodated at any given time. If demand is more than this, Anne says that “a hotel partnership has been secured to address this additional need, during this time”.
- Transition House – an Update – 28 June 2020 (includes links to articles about some recent, somewhat controversial history of Transition House).
- Transition House Expansion into CCI – 20 March 2020.