A funding shortage forces Mission Services of London to lay off staff.
The layoffs will affect 10 full-time staff who manage the agency’s emergency bed program.
Service at Quintin Warner House, Mission Services’ 14-bed residential drug treatment center for men, will also be affected. Instead of a three-month residency, clients will spend three months at Quintin Warner. Customer follow-up will also be reduced.
Rachel Ganzewinkel is the Communications and Public Relations Coordinator for Mission Services. She says government funding has failed to keep pace with inflation and demand for services in London.
“There was just one gap that continued to widen as inflation continued and there was stagnation in the funding available,” she said. “Our donor allocations could only get us this far.”
The agency will close all 21 emergency beds at its York Street shelter by April 1.
Emergency beds help clients whose mental health or addiction issues prevent them from accessing traditional shelter beds.
“They are more marginalized than the average hosting service,” said Ganzewinkel.
Ganzewinkel says Mission Services continues to work with the government to resolve its funding issue.
“Right now we are all focused on a smooth transition for clients, including the staff who are unfortunately being laid off. “