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Strong response to survey on homelessness

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Cassie Walmsley is co-ordinator of the rural homelessness estimation project for Fort Macleod Family and Community Support Services. She is conducting a survey until Oct. 31.

Fort Macleod is getting new information from a survey on homelessness.
About 44 people have filled out a survey with a week to go before the Oct. 31 deadline.
“The survey is having a lot of success,” said Cassie Walmsley, who is co-ordinator of the rural homelessness estimation project for Fort Macleod Family and Community Support Services (FCSS).
“This is bittersweet news, as it shines a light on how big of an issue housing really is in Fort Macleod, but it has also given us some concrete data which we can hopefully use to move forward in addressing this issue,”
Walmsley is surveying people living in unstable housing situations in Fort Macleod.
Walmsley partnered with Affordable Housing, Foothills Centre, Salvation Army, Kids First Family Centre, the RCMP, Fort Macleod Library and Training Inc. and others to contact people to fill out the survey.
“Our partner agencies have been wonderful at getting the word out about this project and connecting us with participants, and people in the community have been very willing to help in whatever way possible,” Walmsley said.
Fort Macleod is one of 21 rural Alberta communities taking part in one of the largest rural data collection projects on unstable housing ever completed.
Fort Macleod received a $5,000 grant from the Alberta Rural Development Network to carry out the project. It is one of 14 communities to receive funding.
The 10-minute survey asks questions about current and past living situations, employment, demographic information, citizenship and immigration status and income sources.
People who complete the survey are also asked what resources they would like to see in Fort Macleod.
The survey is anonymous and confidential, and can be completed with Walmsley’s help or by themselves.
The project, which is just the fourth-ever count of rural unstable housing in North America, is a partnership of the Family and Community Support Services Association of Alberta and the Alberta Rural Development Network.
Research suggests that 35,000 Canadians are homeless on any given night, that 235,000 Canadians experience homelessness in a year, and that homelessness costs Canadians $4.5-billion each year.
Homelessness is defined as the situation of an individual or family without stable, permanent, appropriate housing, or the immediate prospect, means and ability of acquiring it.
To participate in the survey or contact Cassie Walmsley, phone 403-894-9048 or 403-553-4491 or stop by the FCSS office at the G.R. Davis Administration Building.
“We will continue doing surveys right up until the end of the day on Oct. 31st, and I’d love to hear from anyone who has ever struggled to find stable housing in Fort Macleod,” Walmsley said.

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