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April 23, 2013

Nearly $425,000 Awarded to 7 Projects Addressing Homelessness in Rural & Remote Alberta

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Being homeless can happen anywhere, including rural Alberta. Outreach and support services are needed in rural settings, just as they are in big cities. To provide Albertans in rural and remote communities with increased access to the supports and services that prevent and reduce homelessness, the Alberta Rural Development Network (ARDN) has awarded $424,625 under the Homelessness Partnering Strategy to seven projects:

•    $102,324 to Ashton’s Place Youth Centre to provide critical services such as family reunification for youth
•    $70,284 to the Camrose Women’s Shelter Society to support women and families transitioning back into safe community living
•    $64,880 to the Boys and Girls Club of Cochrane and Area to meet the basic needs of homeless youth and create a Youth Homelessness Coalition
•    $58,740 to the Town of Fort Macleod Family and Community Support to provide a support program to help individuals and families secure stable housing
•    $57,662 to the Town of Chestermere  to better meet the residents’ needs  and increase awareness of homelessness and poverty in the community
•    $46,735 to Drayton Valley and District FCSS to gain a better understanding of the causes of homelessness and necessary community services
•    $24,000 to The Champion’s Centre Inc. to provide men who have been homeless or are at risk with life skills that address core issues

“These projects each reflect the unique needs of their communities in identifying issues and providing solutions and we are pleased to be supporting them” says Dee Ann Benard, executive director of ARDN. “We were also surprised by the immense need shown by rural Alberta; we received 29 applications totalling nearly $2,000,000, and though many were worthy, we couldn’t begin to fund them all.”

“The projects range from addressing the immediate needs of people who are homeless or at risk to addressing the factors that contribute to homelessness. We look forward to seeing the results of these seven worthwhile projects in March 2014.”

Click here to view more information on specific projects.

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