Update: Commonwealth Stadium Temporary Accommodation Operating Hours
We remain committed to providing community partners and stakeholders with timely information related to Hope Mission’s temporary overnight accommodation at Commonwealth Stadium. In partnership with Hope Mission, we are moving ahead with 24/7 operations on Thursday, November 12, in response to increased demand for indoor accommodations and services for Edmonton’s most vulnerable.
This will provide day and night sleeping options for vulnerable people experiencing homelessness, meal service and access to social services. Overall, this will reduce the flow of people between the stadium and other services. Visitors will be bused from the Hope Mission’s downtown facility, though some may travel on their own by foot or transit. The intake process includes registration, COVID-19 screening, and storage of belongings. We expect that operation at Commonwealth Stadium will continue until March 2021.
Bringing people out of the cold into temporary accommodations is our immediate goal. We want to keep people safe while we continue to expand longer-term supportive and affordable housing options for those experiencing homelessness.
Additionally, the City, in partnership with Hope Mission, will be creating a good neighbour plan that will include information about operations and guidance for how to address non-emergency concerns. This plan will be shared with you and posted on edmonton.ca/homelessness, where individuals will also be able to sign up for a mailing list to receive updates. The City will be sending a letter to nearby residents with this information. In the meantime, please feel free to share this information with your networks.
We also continue to support the security and prosperity of our community partners, business owners, schools and area residents. We understand and acknowledge that you may have questions or concerns about security and cleanliness in your areas and we are doing what we can to alleviate these issues. We encourage you to report any concerns to 311 and we continue to encourage citizens to call 211 for the 24/7 Crisis Diversion Team when they encounter someone in a crisis situation. Any incidents of crime should be reported to the Edmonton Police Service either through 911 in an emergency or the non-emergency line at 780-423-4567.
Visit edmonton.ca/homelessness for information and updates on the City’s ongoing response to encampments and edmonton.ca/affordablehousing for more information on how we are working to create permanent housing solutions. You will also find useful guides and resources on creating safer communities on our website.
We thank you for your continued understanding and partnership as we respond to this crisis in a way that takes the concerns of the entire community into consideration.