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By Mark Newman, Wednesday, January 27, 2021

Hamilton Mountain News

The province, Hamilton Community Foundation and the community have helped Interval House Hamilton pay off more than half of the $28,000 needed to cover the remaining cost of the flat roof that was replaced at the west Mountain shelter in December.

Interval House executive director Nancy Smith noted previously the Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services provided most of the money for the $90,000 project, but they were still $28,000 short.

Over the past month or so the Ministry, Hamilton Community Foundation and the Interval House Keep a Roof Over Their Heads Go Fund Me campaign have contributed more than $20,000 to the project.

“Our community members were so generous in giving,” Smith said. It’s a tough time in this pandemic.”


Even with that support, Smith noted they are still short about $10,000 as unexpected costs such as extra staffing and the need to use portable heaters to keep residents warm while the roof work was underway added about $2,000 to the bill.


Smith said she is optimistic they will raise the funds to cover the remaining costs, noting DeLuca Roofing gave them a good deal on the flat roof which had not been replaced since the shelter was built in 1998.

“It had been leaking for years,” said Smith resulting in “significant damage to areas of the shelter.” 

See charity.gofundme.com/keep-a-roof-over-their-heads to access the campaign.


Mark Newman is a Reporter for Mountain News. He can be reached at mnewman@hamiltonnews.com


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