Community agencies focus on integrating housing and services

Central Alberta Women’s Emergency Shelter champions project

Community agencies are teaming up to push for a 65-unit emergency and short-term transitional housing project for people facing homelessness, domestic violence, abuse and more.

Ian Wheeliker, executive director of Central Alberta Women’s Emergency Shelter (CAWES), said the agencies also want to provide services close to, if not connected, to the housing project.

Agencies include CAWES, Central Alberta’s Safe Harbour Society for Health and Housing, Canadian Mental Health Association, Central Alberta Women’s Outreach, Cosmos, Central Alberta Sexual Assault Centre, Piper Creek Foundation, Red Deer Housing Authority, and possibly the child advocacy centre that is planned for Red Deer.

“Rather than everyone doing their own separate project, we’re trying to accommodate as many needs within the community as possible under one roof,” Wheeliker said on Monday.

“There’s more that we share in common than differentiates us. We see we can do more together.”

By working collaboratively and integrating services, less people will fall through the cracks, he said about the project CAWES made public about a year ago.

“What we’re trying to do is combine our capacity to be able to serve a broader spectrum of the community.”

He said among those in need of emergency housing are families with both a mother and father, seniors experiencing financial difficulties or abuse, and stable, short-term housing for the homeless at People’s Place, operated by Safe Harbour, that is in need of a new home.

Housing would provide emergency accommodations, as well as three to six-month, and six to 12-month stays to help people get back on their feet.

Wheeliker said possible locations for the $13 to $15-million project are downtown near CAWES or in the area near Red Deer Regional Hospital Centre. Agencies are waiting to see the results of a shelter study that Stantec is working on for the city that should be done early in the new year.

The project already received $50,000 from Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation that will be used to develop a business plan and preliminary designs to prepare for when the government calls for housing project proposals in the spring.

Another project CAWES is getting ready to launch is a two-year pilot project Nurturing Parenting to work with parents to address conflict in the home to mitigate the effects on children.

Wheeliker said about 25 to 50 families per year will be able to access the program. Families would participate for eight to 20 weeks depending on their needs. The pilot would be open to families at the shelter, those working with child protection agencies, and families in the community.

szielinski@bprda.wpengine.com

Just Posted

Team Alberta takes wheelchair basketball gold

Team Alberta edges Team Ontario in 51-48 thriller

Biathlon women sweep the podium for second time

Biathlon women took top four spots in Thursday’s 10-km race

Red Deer firefighter is recovering, thanks community for support

Firefighters who help together, stick together. Red Deer firefighter medic Ben Barthel… Continue reading

Petroleum producers speak to Red Deer & District Chamber of Commerce

Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers brings recommendations

Science fair is around the corner

Central Alberta Rotary Science Fair happens March 29 and 30.

Ponoka host to Bayer Crop Science seed innovations trade show

The company held a trade show with seed crop science industry partners at the ag event centre

Gaudreau snaps goal drought to help Flames double up Islanders 4-2

CALGARY — The drought is over for Johnny Gaudreau. Gaudreau’s first goal… Continue reading

Federal government set to develop code of conduct for sport in Canada

OTTAWA — The federal government is developing a code of conduct for… Continue reading

Jay Baruchel has trained the dragon, now he’s letting go with ‘The Hidden World’

TORONTO — The first time actor Jay Baruchel stepped into a recording… Continue reading

Hockey ref says AC/DC support is giving him motivation in Alzheimer’s fundraiser

Enthusiastic AC/DC fan Steve McNeil says he’s feeling inspired to push even… Continue reading

Gardening: What are you planting in 2019?

What’s new in plants for 2019? Checking catalogues, greenhouses and stores will… Continue reading

Opinion: I spy another energy hypocrite

Talk about biting the hand that feeds you. The mittens provided to… Continue reading

Canada’s bobsleigh team races World Cup on Calgary home track facing closure

CALGARY — Canada’s skeleton and bobsled teams will race a World Cup… Continue reading

Most Read