“The lack of a permanent emergency shelter in Red Deer has become visibly evident in our city, manifesting itself in rough sleeper camps in our parks system and impacts in our downtown, with people seeking shelter in business vestibules because of a lack of sufficient storage, washrooms, and daytime supports"
The City of Red Deer has finalized a Memorandum of Understanding with the Provincial Government, bringing the community a step closer to having a permanent integrated shelter. The purpose of the document is to estabilish a high-level understanding related to the Provincially managed project.
On February 7, 2020, the Province committed to $7 million in its 2020 Capital Plan for a purpose-built integrated emergency shelter in Red Deer. A 24/7 emergency shelter has been advocated as a need in the community for a number of years as Red Deer shelters have been at capacity.
The facility is believed to offer the following amenities:
- Sober and intoxication emergency shelter beds and spaces
- Food preparation and services
- Laundry and storage facilties
- Health and detox supports
Location, timing, and operational details have not yet been finalized by the Provincial Government who will be acting project manager.