Public Notice: Service Update Regarding Yellowknife Shelter Supports

Yellowknife (May 31, 2021) - The current temporary day shelter located at the Mine Rescue Building will be closing at end of day Monday, May 31. This shelter was opened to support vulnerable individuals in Yellowknife during the winter months.

Effective June 1, NTHSSA will be operating a temporary distribution site at the Aspen Apartments building to allow homeless individuals impacted by the reduced capacity at the Co-Location Day/Sobering Centre to access essential services such as meals, washrooms, showers, case management, storage of belongings.

Shelter users have been notified of this change and will be referred to other services as appropriate. All other shelter services that existed in Yellowknife before COVID-19 or were created in response to the pandemic continue to operate. This includes

  • The day and sobering centre on 50th street,
  • Yellowknife Women’s society Centre for Northern Families
  • Covid-19 Emergency Housing project - the housing program at the former Arnica Inn which provides space and support for approximately 30 people experiencing homelessness who are at high risk for complications related to COVID-19.
  • The Salvation Army overnight shelter.

This is a temporary measure required as a result of reduced capacity at the Co-Location Day Sobering Centre to meet OCPHO public health orders. In addition to encouraging shelter users to access vaccination opportunities, we will continue to assess current supports and be flexible in ensuring we are meeting the needs of our homeless community.

Media Contact

Jack Miltenberger

Communications Officer
Northwest Territories Health and Social Services Authority
TEL: 867-767-9107 ext. 40152