Tenants from a Kenora fire are gradually finding new temporary homes.

"The community has been fantastic. This outpouring of love and generosity, thoughts and well-wishes, of donations of items... It's been phenomenal," said executive director Tanisha Grandbois of Sunset Area Victim Crisis Assistance and Referral Service.

Donations of toiletery items -- such as toothpaste, shampoo, personal hygiene accessories -- along with clothing are being accepted at the Salvation Army and Twice as Nice in Kenora.

Grandbois notes many of the 15 or so tenants are still looking for permanent homes. As a result, donations of larger items, such as furniture, aren't being accepted yet.

"We struggle when we're confronted with a situation of homelessness or displacement to try and find individuals safe and secure housing," Grandbois added.

While the district services board is working with partners on adding 48 new spaces for a homeless shelter downtown, staff with the board are also hoping to add transitional spaces and more permanent homes.

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