A Red Deer affordable housing project proposal that was recently turned down for federal funding will be retained for consideration for future funding opportunities, says a spokesperson with Indigenous Services Canada.
Last week Shining Mountains Living Community Services found out its proposal through the Urban Programming for Indigenous People program was denied. The funding was to purchase the Holiday Inn Express at 2803-50th Ave. and turn it into a 50-unit affordable housing complex.
Federal spokesperson Matthew Gutsch said the number of infrastructure demands and proposals exceeded the amount of infrastructure funds available.
“Critical infrastructure projects that address safety, security and accessibility were prioritized. Additional proposals were then prioritized based on funding timelines, funding amounts, available annual budget, and regional and organizational distribution,” Gutsch said in a statement.
“Considerations will be given to fund additional infrastructure proposals through the urban component of the Indigenous Community Infrastructure Fund.”