A deep dive into the new Transition House at 310 Division Street: meet the new ED and public meetings

Transition House Executive Director Ike Nwibe

Transition House Executive Director Ike Nwibe and Neil Ellis, chair of the board for Transition House, address public concerns about the move to 310 Division Street.

The show (Part 1):

The show (Part 2):

The full interview:

The move of Transition House to 310 Division Street is controversial. Supporters view it as a chance to modernize the system to help those who are homeless and need services. Then, some are concerned about the new location. These people are worried about community safety, their homes, and their businesses.

These interviews are a deep dive into the new facility. Public meetings are taking place. A new executive director is at the helm of Transition House. Meanwhile, members of the public, politicians, and the police are among those voicing their thoughts. Cobourg council will begin exploring options towards an agreement between the municipality, the county, and the Transition House at its next meeting.

In the first part, you will meet Ike Nwibe, the new executive director at Transition House. You will get to know him. He will talk about his background, experience, philosophy, and aspirations for the new shelter.

In the second segment, Nwibe and Neil Ellis, the board chair, discuss the public meetings. More about that in a moment.

Last week on the show, you heard Police Chief Paul Vandegraaf express his concerns about 310 Division Street. Deputy Mayor Nicole Beatty also acknowledges community safety as a significant issue for politicians, especially during the 2024 budget public input.

Community safety is a critical issue. With the east-end encampment, rising calls for police service, property crimes, and other indicators, it is front and centre. On social media, there are discussions about whether Cobourg is no longer “a feel-good town” – as the slogan goes.

In the second part, two key people, Ike Nwibe and Neil Ellis, are meeting with the public. In the interview, they will address concerns, issues, and specifics about 310 Division Street. These public meetings are incredibly significant. It is a chance to be heard. You can decide if they are listening.

Originally aired: Jan. 26, 2023

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