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Rural Development Network funds Fort Macleod housing program

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Nicole Jackson is co-ordinator of the Fort Macleod Housing Support Program.

The Fort Macleod Housing Support Program is one of 11 projects to receive funding from the Alberta Rural Development Network.
Fort Macleod received $377,520 for its program designed to reduce the risk of homelessness for families and individuals in the community.
“Once again, we were overwhelmed by the depth and breadth of the need in rural Alberta,” said Dee Ann Benard, executive director of the Alberta Rural Development Network. “With 29 applications asking for nearly $12-million, we had many difficult choices to make.”
The Fort Macleod program takes a housing first approach to connect at-risk families and individuals to permanent housing in order to obtain stability and to move beyond emergency needs.
Housing program co-ordinator Nicole Jackson is in charge of intensive case management and wrap around services to support families and individuals from a client-centered approach, always taking into account the cultural context.
To date 131 adults and 162 children have been housed through the program.
The Alberta Rural Development Network awarded just over $2-million to the 11 projects under the government of Canada’s Homelessness Partnering Strategy.
Other area recipients of network funding included Vulcan Regional Food Bank Society’s Initiative to Achieve Better Living Environments Homelessness Project, which received $334,024.
The Vulcan program provides emergency shelter, food, and a connection to permanent housing.
“The chosen projects demonstrate committed communities and organizations applying home-grown solutions to their unique issues,” Benard said. “We are already seeing communities learning from each other and working together to address the needs of people who are homeless or at risk. We look forward to working with these projects and seeing the results of their good work.”
The Alberta Rural Development Network is a not-for-profit partnership of Alberta’s 21 public colleges, universities and technical institutes working together to enhance the quality of life in rural Alberta through research and learning.
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