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Hamilton launches ‘Warming Bus’ to aid unhoused residents

The City of Hamilton has launched a new community initiative to help keep the city’s unhoused residents warm during the harsh winter nights.

The new ‘Warming Bus’ is a designated HSR bus that will travel a predetermined route through Hamilton to give unhoused residents a space to stay warm during the night hours while temperatures are typically at their lowest. 

Between now and late March 2024, the Warming Bus will run nightly from 10 pm to 6 am, hitting over a dozen stops across Hamilton – including designated recreations centres – on three rotations per night to give a warm space to those who need it. 

The bus is free of charge to access, and two outreach employees will also be on board to assist with riders as needed. 

The Warming Bus is another component of the City’s winter response strategy which also includes extended hours at select recreation centres, additional hours at the Hamilton Public Library’s central branch, and 24-hour operational washrooms in two city parks. 

See more info about the winter response strategy on the city website

Lead image courtesy of @cityofhamilton

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