Homeless

Red Deer city council is considering locations throughout the city for a potential homeless shelter, but remote locations, far from downtown services, are not recommended by a Calgary shelter director. (File photo by Advocate staff)

Remote industrial site could be a poor choice for Red Deer’s homeless shelter: Calgary shelter director

What works in Calgary won’t necessarily be a good fit for Red Deer, says Andrew Millar

 

Members of Innisfail’s Seniors Drop-In Society donated 12 hand-crafted plastic sleeping mats to Turning Point this week. (Photo from Facebook)

Central Alberta seniors helping homeless

Plastic bag donations needed

 

Tents and other structures are seen in an aerial view at a homeless encampment in Vancouver, B.C., on Friday, April 30, 2021. The City of Prince George, B.C., has apologized for the harm it caused to vulnerable people when it removed their structures from a homeless camp.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Prince George apologizes for taking down part of a homeless camp

Judge finds that Prince George ‘inflicted serious harm on vulnerable people’

 

FILE - Tampa Bay Buccaneers tight end Rob Gronkowski, left, and quarterback Tom Brady (12) celebrate after the NFL Super Bowl 55 football game against the Kansas City Chiefs in Tampa, Fla., Feb. 7, 2021. (AP Photo/Steve Luciano, File)

Nonprofit uses Super Bowl parties as way to help homeless

Five sponsors support Super Soul Party

  • Feb 4, 2022
FILE - Tampa Bay Buccaneers tight end Rob Gronkowski, left, and quarterback Tom Brady (12) celebrate after the NFL Super Bowl 55 football game against the Kansas City Chiefs in Tampa, Fla., Feb. 7, 2021. (AP Photo/Steve Luciano, File)
A downtown Red Deer advocate says after all of the opposition to the temporary shelter site at Cannery Row, she cannot believe council is proposing to locate a permanent shelter site at the nearby site on 4934 54 Ave. (Photo by Sean McIntosh/Advocate staff)

Downtown advocate is outraged by proposed site for Red Deer’s permanent homeless shelter

Tracy Chabot calls it ‘a slap in the face’ to downtown businesses

A downtown Red Deer advocate says after all of the opposition to the temporary shelter site at Cannery Row, she cannot believe council is proposing to locate a permanent shelter site at the nearby site on 4934 54 Ave. (Photo by Sean McIntosh/Advocate staff)
The goal of a new Red Deer pilot is to find next-step housing for at least 35 individuals facing homelessness within the six-month period. (File photo by Advocate staff)

Red Deer starts pilot program to get unhoused people out of shelters and into homes

Council approves initiatives to try to reduce shelter stays

The goal of a new Red Deer pilot is to find next-step housing for at least 35 individuals facing homelessness within the six-month period. (File photo by Advocate staff)
Safe Harbour Society runs its daytime warming centre and overnight mat program for people facing homelessness who are intoxicated or under the influence to the former Cannery Row Bingo. (Contributed file photo)

Safe Harbour crosses fingers that downtown shelter can stay

City council to give motion first reading Dec. 6

Safe Harbour Society runs its daytime warming centre and overnight mat program for people facing homelessness who are intoxicated or under the influence to the former Cannery Row Bingo. (Contributed file photo)
Safe harbour Society operates the temporary emergency shelter at the former Cannery Row Bingo. (File photo by Advocate staff).

Red Deer agencies grateful for funding to help homeless

Province announces $21.5 million for Albertans experiencing homelessness and family violence

Safe harbour Society operates the temporary emergency shelter at the former Cannery Row Bingo. (File photo by Advocate staff).
Alvin Johnson hugs another resident at a homeless camp on the outskirts of Wetaskiwin, Alta., on Saturday, Oct. 9, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson
Alvin Johnson hugs another resident at a homeless camp on the outskirts of Wetaskiwin, Alta., on Saturday, Oct. 9, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson
Red Deer’s Social Diversion Team responded to nearly 900 events in its first six months this year. The most common issues the team responds to are related to homelessness, intoxication and mental health. (Contributed photo)

Red Deer’s Social Diversion Team proving its value

Team fielding an average of six calls a day for non-emergency support

Red Deer’s Social Diversion Team responded to nearly 900 events in its first six months this year. The most common issues the team responds to are related to homelessness, intoxication and mental health. (Contributed photo)
Haley Tolland, of Red Deer, has created six homeless bug drawings to raise money for Red Deer Food Bank and the Mustard Seed. (Photo contributed)

Bug doodles raising money to help the homeless

Fundraising for Red Deer Food Bank and the Mustard Seed

Haley Tolland, of Red Deer, has created six homeless bug drawings to raise money for Red Deer Food Bank and the Mustard Seed. (Photo contributed)
Safe Harbour’s temporary homeless shelter at the downtown Cannery Row location will close on Sept. 30. (Advocate file photo)

Safe Harbour Society faced with preparing to turn people away in Red Deer

There will not be enough space for everyone needing shelter, says Safe Harbour Society

Safe Harbour’s temporary homeless shelter at the downtown Cannery Row location will close on Sept. 30. (Advocate file photo)
Red Deer social service agencies, police, and the Downtown Business Association will be invited to a Sept. 8 meeting to “brainstorm” for solutions, as the Safe Harbour Shelter will be forced to close on Sept 30. (Advocate file photo)

Red Deer agencies, police, DBA asked to find ‘collaborative’ solution to shelter’s closure

Maybe existing resources could be put to other uses, says city administrator

Red Deer social service agencies, police, and the Downtown Business Association will be invited to a Sept. 8 meeting to “brainstorm” for solutions, as the Safe Harbour Shelter will be forced to close on Sept 30. (Advocate file photo)
Former Lacombe resident Claire Pearen helps run the Water Warriors outreach team that helps homeless people in Edmonton. She hopes more Red Deerians will take the time to see the humanity in “unhoused” people. (Contributed photo)

Woman helps Red Deer homeless man: Stops for a chat, donates water, snacks

A former Lacombe resident reached out to homeless people

Former Lacombe resident Claire Pearen helps run the Water Warriors outreach team that helps homeless people in Edmonton. She hopes more Red Deerians will take the time to see the humanity in “unhoused” people. (Contributed photo)
(Photo from Red Deer Downtown Business Assocation Facebook page)
(Photo from Red Deer Downtown Business Assocation Facebook page)
FILE - Red Deer Mayor Tara Veer speaks out front of Red Deer City Hall on July 18, 2020, as a new addiction recovery community will be built in Red Deer was announced. (File photo by Advocate Staff)

City of Red Deer expects province to announce location for addictions treatment facility soon

Red Deer & District Chamber of Commerce gets update on provincial projects

FILE - Red Deer Mayor Tara Veer speaks out front of Red Deer City Hall on July 18, 2020, as a new addiction recovery community will be built in Red Deer was announced. (File photo by Advocate Staff)
Mustard Seed runs a 46-bed sober shelter, soup kitchen and health centre in Riverside Meadows. (By SUSAN ZIELINSKI/Advocate staff)

Mustard Seed says central location best for homeless shelters

‘The struggles of the vulnerable will never go away’

Mustard Seed runs a 46-bed sober shelter, soup kitchen and health centre in Riverside Meadows. (By SUSAN ZIELINSKI/Advocate staff)
The Safe Habour homeless shelter has to move from its current downtown Cannery row location by Sept. 30. The City of Red Der is seeking another leased site. (Advocate file photo).
The Safe Habour homeless shelter has to move from its current downtown Cannery row location by Sept. 30. The City of Red Der is seeking another leased site. (Advocate file photo).
City council has given Safe Harbour’s temporary homeless shelter two months to move from the former Cannery Row bingo site out of the downtown. But Safe Harbour operators say this time frame is insufficient. (Photo by LANA MICHELIN/Advocate staff).
City council has given Safe Harbour’s temporary homeless shelter two months to move from the former Cannery Row bingo site out of the downtown. But Safe Harbour operators say this time frame is insufficient. (Photo by LANA MICHELIN/Advocate staff).
From left, Daniel, Liam and Noah Moran raise glasses of sparking raspberry juice to celebrate the founding of their charitable enterprise, the Caring Cookie Company. It will raise money for Safe Harbour programs. (Contributed photo).

Young central Alberta brothers baking to help homeless people in Red Deer

Daniel, Noah and Liam Moran have started The Caring Cookie Company charity

From left, Daniel, Liam and Noah Moran raise glasses of sparking raspberry juice to celebrate the founding of their charitable enterprise, the Caring Cookie Company. It will raise money for Safe Harbour programs. (Contributed photo).