Edmonton opens new shelter as numbers of people without safe lodging continues to climb – APTN News

Edmonton opens new shelter as numbers of people without safe lodging continues to climb – APTN News

by ahnationtalk on January 24, 202311 Views

Jan 23, 2023

An old hotel in Edmonton is being used to house people who don’t have a safe place to shelter from the cold this winter.

The Jasper Place Wellness Centre is operating the shelter after it received permission from Talltree First Nation – the owner of the Bedfort Inn and Suites – and $7.5 million from the City of Edmonton.

The goal is to keep people safe – and find permanent housing.

Taylor Soroka, co-founder of Jasper, said the shelter will have 59 rooms for “people who are currently experiencing homelessness and are working with our housing first teams will be the first people to move in, as they work their path to find permanent housing that meets their needs.”

Soroka said the entire 209 spaces will be filled by mid-February.

“Sixty-two per cent of individuals we serve are Indigenous. So our goal in this partnership is to open the door for Indigenous leaders to take control of some of the narrative, create cultural space on site, and better serve their people,” she told APTN News.

Read More: https://www.aptnnews.ca/national-news/edmonton-new-shelter-talltree-first-nation-houseless-safe-shelter/

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