“Rotholme Women’s & Family Shelter, a branch of Mission Services of London, has been experiencing some very significant occupancy challenges over the last 11 months, with Daily Average Occupancy routinely averaging 120%, and going all the way up to 200% at peak times. Through the generosity of community donors who responded to this need, and with the help of a one-time urgent grant from the City of London in 2018, Rotholme has been able to accommodate participants beyond its shelter capacity of 20 families, by using motels/hotels to cover overflow in the short term. It was our hope that the unprecedented increase in demand for family emergency shelter would be a short-term circumstance, subsiding to more usual levels over the course of the year; unfortunately, this has not been the case. Due to the infeasibility of continuing this approach as a long-term practice, effective January 1, 2019, Rotholme will no longer be able to use motels/hotels to cover overflow.
Families currently accessing hotel/motel stays through Rotholme, and who remain in need of emergency shelter as of January 1st, will continue to be supported as they move through the remaining steps toward more stable housing. However, we will be unable to accommodate new families into overflow.
Moving forward, we will continue to house up to 20 families within our existing shelter; we will also continue to seek proactive solutions to families experiencing a housing crisis and to divert families in a positive manner wherever possible.”
Peter Rozeluk, Executive Director