Alberta adds additional $21.5 million towards homeless shelters

"That is a significant injection to the current system that makes it more accessible for people who don't have to struggle living on the street. Now they will have spots available for safe and healthy place to be"

 

The Alberta government announced on November 19, that it will provide $21.5 million for additional beds and isolation sites at emergency homeless shelters and emergency women’s shelters throughout the province.

The money will be divided with $13 million going towards emergency homeless shelters around the province, including in Edmonton, Calgary, Red Deer, Grande Prairie, Medicine Hat, Lethbridge, Lloydminster, Drayton Valley, Leduc, Slave Lake and Wetaskiwin.

About $6.5 million is earmarked for COVID-19 isolation facilities for homeless people who have been exposed to the virus.

Finally, $2 million will support women's shelters, which are dealing with increased rates of domestic violence during the pandemic. 

In addition to funding, the Alberta government has launched a provincial task force on homelessness, made up of representatives from social agencies, academics and law enforcement officials.

Members of the task force include;

· Patricia Jones (co-chair), Calgary Homeless Foundation
· Dale McFee (co-chair), Edmonton Police Services
· Andre Corbould, City of Edmonton
· Bruce Reith, Hope Mission
· Carol Adair, University of Calgary
· Cheryl Whiskeyjack, Bent Arrow
· Dave Jackson, Lealta Building Supplies
· Dr. Louis Hugo Francescutti, University of Alberta
· Earl Thiessen, Oxford House
· Holly Mah, Chinatown and Area Business Association
· Jordan Reiniger, Boyle Street Community Services
· Kathy Christiansen, Alpha House
· Michelle Wilsdon, Enoch Cree Nation
· Sandra Clarkson, Calgary Drop-In Centre (DI)
· Susan McGee, Homeward Trust
· Tricia Smith, Boyle McCauley Health Centre

 

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