A preliminary report on a standalone shelter will be released early by The City of Red Deer after the Province of Alberta announced potential funding for the planning and development of temporary shelter services last week.
The province’s announcement came on the heels of work that is already underway in Red Deer to assess medium and long term shelter needs following City Council’s approval of a purpose built shelter study in January 2016. While the full study is not yet complete, a decision to release a preliminary report was made by City Council tonight because of tight provincial timelines that call for Expression of Interest (EOIs) to be submitted by August 11, 2017.
“This tight provincial timeline makes it difficult for us to ensure our local service providers and agencies have the information they need to respond to the Expression of Interest. However, The City is in a position where we do not want to jeopardize potential funding for our community, and releasing this preliminary report enables us to share information with our local service providers while we continue to work through the final details of the study,” said Mayor Tara Veer.
Despite the release of this preliminary shelter report, further consultation will take place over the next number of months, and a full report and recommendation will be brought back to City Council towards the end of the year.
“Unfortunately, the full purpose built shelter study is not yet complete. It has not yet gone through an internal review by all City departments, and there is still further consultation that needs to take place with both stakeholders and the general public before administration can finalize the report and make recommendations to City Council,” said City Manager Craig Curtis.
The final report will include information about shelter site selection, shelter and supports program planning and facility design and costing, for which The City will advocate for provincial capital and operating funds.
The province’s EOI is supported by the 2016 announcement that the Alberta Government committed $1.2 billion in capital funding over five years.
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Communications & Strategic Planning
The City of Red Deer