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La Ronge shelter hangs by a thread amid COVID-19 crisis – National Observer

by ahnationtalk on March 26, 202034 Views

March 25th 2020

Staff had just finished sanitizing the makeshift emergency homeless shelter in La Ronge, Sask., when it flooded again on Tuesday.

Two outreach workers hurried to make lunch for homeless people in the town who depend on them for a hot meal every day.

“The present virus is causing a state of emergency and a major shortage of lodging for the everyday homeless,” said Ron Woytowich, mayor of La Ronge and executive director of Kikinahk Friendship Centre.

“In La Ronge, especially in winter, the problem is real. We have about 20 locals that are consistently homeless the year round, and during winter others come to La Ronge because there are no safe spaces for them in their communities,” Woytowich said.

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