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YES Shelter for Youth and Families in Peterborough filled beyond capacity

March 20th, 2018

The local emergency shelter for homeless youth and families was consistently overfilled last summer and fall, an official told the police board on Tuesday — so much so that they were sometimes forced to turn people away.

Meagan LaPlante, the executive director for the YES Shelter for Youth and Families, gave a presentation to the police board on Tuesday.

LaPlante said the shelter was at 103 per cent capacity last summer and fall, resulting in cots being added to every available corner of the building and had to occasionally turn homeless people away for lack of space.

"We've been extremely full for the last couple of years," LaPlante told the police board. "We do our absolute best not to turn people away — particularly first-time homeless," she said.

That means putting them in a cot in an office, if necessary.

The police board also heard from Raeann Rideout, regional consultant for Elder Abuse Ontario, on Tuesday night.

Rideout spoke about how the agency has collaborated with police at health fairs where they've helped seniors learn to spot fraud.

"We've really reached out and built that rapport," she said.

The police board regularly hears presentations at its meetings from social agencies about how they do their work and how police can help.