The Outreach in Red Deer is among 18 Alberta non-profits receiving government funding for offering essential housing supports to people in need.
The provincial government announced on Wednesday that $2.1 million will be distributed to “freshen up housing and shelter spaces for individuals and families in need.” This includes $50,400 for the Outreach Centre in Red Deer.
The local group supports those experiencing, or who are affected by, domestic abuse/violence by offering crisis intervention, addressing financial concerns and connecting individuals to community resources.
Women’s shelters, homeless shelters and private non-profit housing providers offer essential supports so it’s important to ensure the housing they provide is kept in good repair, stated a released from the provincial government.
Through a federal-provincial partnership (Canada-Alberta Bilateral Agreement under the National Housing Strategy and Alberta’s Capital Maintenance and Renewal Program), 18 organizations will receive funds to support better housing through renovations and upgrades. The Outreach Centre is the only one in Central Alberta on this funding list.
This includes replacing windows, roofing and siding, updating heating and ventilation systems, updating suites with new flooring and cabinetry, and performing other maintenance to ensure the buildings are safe and maintained.
Jeremy Nixon, Minister of Seniors, Community and Social Services, said “As Albertans find a place to call home, it is important to ensure it is a safe place and somewhere they can take pride in.
“Our government is glad to be investing these funds, which will improve the quality of life for so many Albertans.”