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Doors closed at Sudbury Action Centre for Youth


The Sudbury Action Centre for Youth (SACY) officially closed Monday after the board of directors announced last week the agency was insolvent.

SACY offered the only youth shelter beds in the city.

The board of directors called the decision to close a difficult one, but said funding from the city and the province was not enough to meet the growing need for services and pay bills to operate the building in an old church on Pine Street.

28 staff members are now laid off.

SACY offered outreach, housing and harm reduction services to about 650 clients each month.

“These are persons that suffer from addictions, suicide ideations, mental health problems,” said Rita O’Link, a SACY board member.

“We were their anchor and we are no longer going to able to do that. We anguish over that.”

A statement from CMHA Sudbury/Manitoulin said they “saddened to learn that our friends at SACY will be permanently closing their doors.”

“This is a huge loss for our community,” the statement said.

A short-term agreement between the City of Greater Sudbury and New Hope Outreach will see the operation of the temporary shelter for up to 10 youth ages 16 to 24 experiencing homelessness, the city said in a news release.

"The warming centre will be located upstairs at the Samaritan Centre (344 Elgin St.)," the city said.
"Beginning tonight (Monday) until April 30, the centre will be open seven days a week, from 10 p.m. to 8 a.m."

Staff told CTV News a celebration of Life for SACY is planned April 13 with a location to be determined.


A statment from CMHA Sudbury/Manitoulin incorrectly stated the temporary overnight youth warming centre at The Samaritan Centre would only be open Mondary through Friday. The article above has been corrected with information from the city stating it will be open seven days a week. Top Stories

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