Canada Global(Web News)Amid ongoing debate about how to deal with Edmonton’s homelessness crisis, the Alberta government announced a new plan to provide increased support for people living in homeless encampments across the city. Opening “Navigation and Support Center”.
The Downtown Center will be located in the Kreis Center at 103rd Avenue and 106th Street.
The City of Edmonton will provide free transportation and a local organization will be on site to help homeless Edmontonians care for their pets.
Public Safety and Emergency Services Minister Mike Ellis, Seniors, Community and Social Services Minister Jason Nixon and Justice Minister Mickey Emery made the announcement Wednesday morning in the provincial capital.
They were joined by Edmonton Police Chief Dale McPhee, Chief Wilton Littlechild and Grand Chief Cody Thomas of the Confederation of Treaty 6 First Nations.
In a news release, the Alberta government said staff at the new center will offer Indigenous cultural support and liaison and help people find shelter or housing and access financial services or a valid Alberta ID.
Additionally, Alberta Health Services will be on-site to provide a variety of health and rehabilitation-based services to people who need them.