The full interview with bonus material:
If everything goes smoothly, Northumberland County will purchase a former retirement residence at 310 Division Street in Cobourg to become the new home for Transition House.
It means 35 low-barrier shelter spaces will be available to those in need. It will have accommodations, food, and support services. It will also provide a 24-hour drop-in centre year-round, giving unsheltered people a place to get out of the cold of winter or the heat of summer or a place to go anytime.
In this interview, Rev. Neil Ellis, former acting interim executive director for Transition House, will share the story behind the purchase and what it means to those who do not have a home. He will explain what it means to the county and its impact on the community. And, while it is a huge step, Ellis acknowledges the challenges in the future. You will hear him address concerns from neighbours, the downtown, and the unsheltered.
Originally aired: Dec. 15, 2023