Project Progress

Since the province announced funding for the permanent shelter in February 2020, there has been a lot of work done in the background on roles in the project, site selection process, service delivery, and ownership of site and building.

Timeline of Events

February 2020 The province committed $7 million towards the purpose-built integrated permanent shelter in Red Deer.
November 2020 A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the province and The City was finalized, outlining high level responsibilities.
November 15, 2021 City Council released their In Camera recommendation for a Housing-Focused Shelter service delivery model. This requests that operations focus on outcome-based, low-barrier, integrated service delivery using a housing-focused model that strives to end chronic homelessness. The Government of Alberta confirmed its support of this direction in a letter to The City dated January 6, 2022.
April 2021 – January 2022 Council held 13 closed meetings to determine an appropriate site and service model delivery recommendation.
January 22, 2022 A potential location was released for the permanent shelter following administration conducting a search of potential sites with the support of a commercial realtor. Nearly 80 sites in Red Deer were explored during the process.
February 16-23, 2022 The City conducted several targeted community conversations to develop a better understanding of the community’s thoughts on the shelter, its location, and the process thus far, in advance of zoning requirements for the proposed location.
March 7, 2022 Administration and third-party engagement specialist presented the What We Heard report during the Special Council Meeting. Council gave administration direction to develop an engagement strategy to host additional community conversations about the permanent shelter in Red Deer.
April 2022 Council approved the previous reports, presentations, communications and recommendations held in closed meetings (In Camera) to be released publicly. As the final site has not been determined, there is certain information that has been redacted to protect the integrity of the In Camera process and economic interests if a non-City owned site is selected. The redactions throughout the report include site specific information, contractual obligations, legal advice and third-party business information. The full and summary report can be found below under Resources Related to Permanent Shelter Process.
May 9, 2022 Council directed administration to develop and implement a public participation strategy to gather community input on site criteria with a deadline to wrap up public participation by June 20, 2022. 
Council directed administration to prepare a very brief report to the community identifying the city‐owned parcel of land at 6910 Riverside Drive (immediately north of the 67 street overpass) as an additional potential site location for the permanent integrated shelter. Included in the report are the estimated timelines and costs associated with servicing the parcel. The report was released on May 31 and can be found below under Resources Related to Permanent Shelter Process.
May 25 - June 10 Online and in-person input opportunities were hosted to gather input on the previously used site criteria, additional criteria and other areas of the permanent shelter. A What We Heard report will be presented to Council at their regular meeting on June 20 that will include an analysis of the input collected, as well as full details from input gathered online, in person and by email/letter.
June 20 During their regular Council meeting, Council voted unanimously in favour of developing a site criteria evaluation matrix before July 4, 2022. Special Council meetings were set for June 24 at 9 a.m. and June 27 at 2:30 p.m. Also during the June 20 Council meeting, administration also presented What we heard: Analysis of May 25 to June 10 input opportunities (pdf) - an analysis and all raw input gathered from May 20 to June 13 about the site criteria and other permanent shelter areas.

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