When Angela Cece went to Peterborough’s women’s shelter in early December, she says she was disgusted by its condition that she couldn’t stay.

Cece says she went to Cameron House after a repeated conflict with a roommate led to the police becoming involved. Unable to stay in her home, she went to the shelter in Peterborough.

She says when she arrived she found the shelter filthy and complained about the poor state of the fridge and cupboards. Her room reeked of urine and the staff declined her offer to clean it, citing a health and safety issue.

The clothes dryer was broken, so residents hung their clothes around the house, she says.

She also says what she saw and smelled made her even more depressed and she took action to leave as soon as she could.