Alberta's government is providing funding to the Town of Slave Lake to operate a new emergency shelter.

In October 2022, Alberta’s government released its homelessness action plan to better address the complex issue facing many Albertans. One of the steps listed in the plan is to expand the number of shelter spaces for the winter months in communities where there is an urgent and unmet need.

To ensure those experiencing homelessness in Slave Lake get the support they need, a new year-round emergency shelter opened last week. The $730,000 investment will help the town fund up to 20 spaces for individuals experiencing homelessness.

"Homelessness in Slave Lake is an increasingly challenging issue, and one of the most important things we can do is make sure there is space for vulnerable community members to access the help they need. We look forward to working with municipal leaders to secure a permanent site for these services, and to supporting their startup in a temporary location."

Jason Nixon, Minister of Seniors, Community and Social Services

Temporary winter emergency spaces have been operating in Slave Lake since 2018. While municipal leaders secure a permanent location for the shelter, the town has opened a temporary space in a trailer on vacant land to provide emergency spaces.

Alberta’s action plan on homelessness commits to an investment of $63 million over two years to fund projects and initiatives in support of Albertans facing homelessness. The new year-round Slave Lake emergency shelter is the most recent investment.

Information provided by Government of Alberta

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