The City of Yellowknife is looking for a temporary location for the sobering centre.
The search is on behalf of the Government of the Northwest Territories’ Department of Health and Social Services and the Northwest Territories Health and Social Services Authority.
The GNWT’s sobering centre has had a strong partnership with the City of Yellowknife’s Street Outreach van. The City suggests that early projections show the combination having a strong impact on the emergency services resources.
According to the City, the GNWT has “secured a long term location for the Sobering Centre and the Day Shelter at 5111 50th St; however, given the extensive upgrades required to make it ready to receive clients, [the] GNWT needs to find an interim location to continue to provide this vital service, particularly over the coming winter months.”
The temporary location must meet a certain criteria to allow for proper accommodations:
- Can hold a minimum of 20 persons.
- Minimum of 200m in one of the spaces.
- Emergency sprinklers throughout.
- Fire Alarm.
- Must be barrier free access.
- Must have 3 washrooms, one of which is barrier free.
Places like community halls, warehouses, hangars, conference facilities, churches, commercial shell spaces, empty restaurants or gymnasiums are ideal.