The Métis Nation Saskatchewan (MN-S) has announced they will be providing money to help keep a North Battleford homeless shelter open.

In a media release sent out late last Friday the MN-S said they were stepping in to provide funding to the Lighthouse Living Emergency Shelter in North Battleford. The facility was in danger of closing due to lack of funding.

The organization’s housing minister Ryan Carriere said in the release given the current pandemic and situation in the city they felt it was important to offer support.

“The homeless are the most susceptible when it comes to COVID-19 and with no other apparent homeless shelters in the Battleford region, MN–S will take up the challenge and fund the 37- bed facility,” he said.

The MN-S also announced they will be working with Battleford Agency Tribal Council (BATC) to address the issue of homelessness in the Battleford area.