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Fort Macleod get funding for housing support program

Fort Macleod is one of seven communities to share in funding for projects designed to address homelessness.
Fort Macleod Family and Community Support Services received $58,740 from the Alberta Rural Development Network.
“These projects each reflect the unique needs of their communities in identifying issues and providing solutions and we are pleased to be supporting them” said Dee Ann Benard, executive director of the Alberta Rural Development Network. “We were also surprised by the immense need shown by rural Alberta.”
Alberta Rural Development Network received 29 applications totalling nearly $2-million.
“Though many were worthy, we couldn’t begin to fund them all,” Benard said. “The projects range from addressing the immediate needs of people who are homeless or at risk to addressing the factors that contribute to homelessness. We look forward to seeing the results of these seven worthwhile projects in March 2014.”
The Fort Macleod housing support program will help families and individuals secure a more stable housing environment, and support families and individuals who are at risk of homelessness to foster independence.
The Fort Macleod program is designed to:

  • Help people access services.
  • Act as a liaison between landlords and tenants.
  • Build relationships with other service providers.
  • Develop and maintain a comprehensive housing option list for Fort Macleod.
  • Link with translators.
  • Develop strategies to assist First Nations.
  • Increase awareness about homelessness and poverty.

The Alberta Rural Development Network awarded nearly $425,000 under the Homelessness Partnering Strategy to seven projects addressing homelessness in rural and remote Alberta.
Other projects to receive funding included:

  • $102,324 to Ashton’s Place Youth Centre to provide critical services such as family reunification for youth.
  • $70,284 to the Camrose Women’s Shelter Society to support women and families transitioning back into safe community living.
  • $64,880 to the Boys and Girls Club of Cochrane and Area to meet the basic needs of homeless youth and create a Youth Homelessness Coalition.
  • $57,662 to the Town of Chestermere to better meet the residents’ needs and increase awareness of homelessness and poverty in the community.
  • $46,735 to Drayton Valley and District FCSS to gain a better understanding of the causes of homelessness and necessary community services.
  • $24,000 to The Champion’s Centre Inc. to provide men who have been homeless or are at risk with life skills that address core issues

1 Comments For This Post

  1. Dee Ann Benard Says:

    Thanks for the informative article. Rural homelessness is a little-recognized issue, and articles like this really help create awareness. Little work has been done on how rural homelessness, which tends to be fairly invisible, contributes to the very visible homelessness issues in large urban centres. We feel that Alberta cannot hope to end homelessness until it also addresses the issues facing smaller rural communities.

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