The Moose Jaw Police Service is in full support of Square One Community’s new warming centre and women’s shelter that is going into William Milne Place.
Chief Rick Bourassa said the police have been working closely with Square One when it comes to this initiative.
“This is something that we have been really interested in moving forward because there is a need and we've been a bit of a stopgap in addressing that need,” Bourassa said.
Police officers have been known to pick up those who are homeless and help them find a warm place to stay during the winter months. There have also been times when the police station’s lobby has been used as a warming space.
As for any concerns about crime, Bourassa said there will be a police presence as needed in the area.
“We will always be available to provide help and support when needed. There is a good robust plan in place right now and if that plan needs to be tweaked as we move forward and we can help with that we absolutely will,” he said.
Recently, the City of Moose Jaw gave up its lease of 13 per cent of the building to the Moose Jaw Non-Profit Housing Corporation, which owns the historic fire hall. The leased section was subleased to Global Direct Realty.
Phase one of the project is to convert the ground floor that is currently occupied by Global Direct Realty into a warming centre. As part of the project, parts of the building will also be used as an emergency women’s shelter.