file photo of Windsor Water World. (Photo by Jason Viau) file photo of Windsor Water World. (Photo by Jason Viau)

H4 expanding services this summer

The City of Windsor has begun expanding services at the Homelessness and Housing Help Hub.

The H4 is now open seven days a week from 8 a.m. until midnight.

The hub also provides a hot meal for those experiencing homelessness and healthcare services.

By midsummer, the facility will also offer mental health services in collaboration with the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) – Windsor-Essex County Branch.

"This foundational work has set the course to make tangible and lasting change for our community and demonstrated our commitment to health equity for our most vulnerable members. We are all collectively a part of a short-term plan while simultaneously collaborating to determine the longer-term blueprint," said Nicole Sbrocca, Chief Executive Officer of the Canadian Mental Health Association-Windsor-Essex County Branch.

Shower facilities and public computers will also be added to the facility by midsummer.

"This is very good news for our city and another great example of how we are working with many partners and stakeholders to Strengthen the Core. These added supports and increased access to expanded services are critical to the success of this plan, and to helping lift vulnerable residents, for the benefit of our entire community. The work we do here begins in the core but expands far beyond the downtown. It’s great to see more people stepping up and uniting in this worthy cause,” said Councillor Renaldo Agostino.

Currently, around 85 people are served daily at the H4. Since it opened in April 2020, over 4,000 unique individuals have accessed support. Over 300 households have obtained housing.

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