After an extensive delay, Marshall House will once again open their doors to assist Fort McMurray’s homeless population.
The Wood Buffalo Housing and Development Corporation announced the shelter will re-open as of 5 p.m. on Monday. It was closed for an extended period of time after a structure fire next door at Cassia Manor caused further smoke and heat damage to it.
“We had to go through the building and start over basically,” said Acting President and CEO Greg Elsasser. “We also needed to have the building inspected because of the exterior damage on the siding and the roof.”
He added that while some damage is still visible on the exterior of the building, it’s been determined that it’s not affecting the safety of the shelter.
With the strain on housing in the region, the shelter could provide some crucial temporary accommodations.
“It’s pretty important,” Elsasser said. “We certainly don’t want people camping out, so it will certainly be available for short-term accommodations.”
The 70-bed facility provides the homeless with showering facilities, continental breakfasts, and hot dinners.