Thursday, January 8, 2009

SO WHERE IS THE HOUSING?

The Government of Canada would have us believe that it is 'helping' those who are homeless in Saskatchewan
see news.gc.ca dateline: SASKATOON, SASKATCHEWAN, December 19, 2008

Canada’s Government (claims to be) helping families and individuals in Saskatchewan break free from the cycles of homelessness and poverty and build a stronger future for themselves.

see http://news.gc.ca/web/article-eng.do?nid=428379

The report says that
“Our government is delivering on our commitment to help those who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. We are proud to support community efforts that help find local solutions to local issues,” said Mr. Komarnicki, who made the announcement on behalf of the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development. “By investing over $1.7 million in these 12 projects across Saskatchewan, we are supporting community efforts to help those in need.”

The announcement took place at the Salvation Army Community Centre in Saskatoon, a shelter, food provider and drop-in centre. The organization is receiving HPS funding to help create 42 emergency shelter beds and six temporary cots for women and children. Individuals will benefit by having a safe place to live in which they can access support services and transition out of homelessness.

Let's not hold our breath waiting.

1 comment:

  1. Hi, I appreciate your post.

    I was at the funding announcement that you mentioned here and while I can't speak to all of the projects, the Salvation Army Community Centre is going ahead with the emergency shelter and it should be open this spring.

    While we would have liked to open it for December, a project like this takes a lot of time and there were some hang ups along the way and other agencies have been able to step in to make sure no one in Saskatoon is on the streets this winter.

    Having spent most of the last year of my life working on the project, I can't wait until it opens and the government funding was a huge step forward.

    If you have any questions, leave me an e-mail.

    Jordon Cooper
    Residential Coordinator
    Salvation Army Community Centre
    jordon.cooper@salvationarmysaskatoon.org

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