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Sunday, November 28, 2021

Alberta declares $21.5 million to aid needy, domestic violence shelters this winter

Key takeaways: 

  • Shelters grappling to meet coronavirus capacity as winter nears. 
  • Alberta Premier Jason Kenney answers questions at a press conference where the regional government declared current restrictions because of the increasing coronavirus cases in the region. 

Alberta to declare fundings for the homeless: 

Alberta is funding $21.5 million in outbreak funding to relieve capacity problems at homeless and women’s shelters over the region this winter, Premier Jason Kenney declared Wednesday. 

“Today’s declaration is about one instant, acute, seasonal need that’s driven by the COVID condition,” Kenney said. “Because we don’t want individuals sleeping rough in a cold Edmonton winter.” Source – cbc.ca

Kenney stated comments alongside Community and Social Services Minister Jason Luan at the Hope Mission’s new Herb Jamieson Centre in downtown Edmonton. 

Luan stated the fund is sufficient to bump up the shelter capacity in Edmonton to 1,280 beds, from the 720 that are presently financed. 

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Earlier this week, the town reported it was anticipating to be short by about 420 overnight beds. 

“This is a huge agreement. This is a good day for Edmontonians,” Luan stated. “That is a notable injection to the present system that makes it more accessible for individuals who don’t have to grapple to live on the street. Now they will have spots available for a safe and healthy place to be.” Source – cbc.ca

Financing for some around-the-clock emergency shelters was set to initiate out at the end of November. The renewed financing is anticipated to back 14 homeless shelter facilities until next March.

The bulk of the fund, $13 million, will go to emergency homeless shelters around the region, including in Edmonton, Calgary, Red Deer, Grande Prairie, Medicine Hat, Lethbridge, Lloydminster, Drayton Valley, Leduc, Slave Lake and Wetaskiwin. 

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