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Stepping Stones Crisis Society receives $2 million for emergency residential shelters

Stepping Stones Crisis Society in Cold Lake has received $2 million as part of the Alberta’s Affordable Housing Partnership Program to build new houses.

Stepping Stones Crisis Society has been given the money to help build housing for women fleeing violence in Cold Lake and has been chosen as one of the 17 projects. A total of $54 million has been designated to support the projects in nine communities across the province including Cold Lake. Cindy Yang the Director of Strategic Priorities for Stepping Stones Crisis Society says this donation feels great.

“We’re so grateful to receive this capital funding! Unfortunately, it won’t be enough, it’s a great start, and we’re so appreciative of this support, and what this build will do to for the survivors of family violence in our community.”

The grant is specifically for capital funding and will be applied to the new build which is slated to be completed by December 2024.

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“This funding is going to indirectly impact all our programs as it supports the capital costs associated with this build, which would ultimately improve supports for survivors of family violence!”

Yang says they are the only emergency residential shelter within approximately 150 km.

“This build is not only going to increase the number of beds available to our community, but also allow us to extend the continuum of care for our community.”

In December 2022, Alberta’s government launched the Affordable Housing Partnership Program to build and renovate more affordable housing units across the province. This program partners with local organizations, governments and housing providers to build housing that meets the needs of the community it will serve.

Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Housing and Diversity and Inclusion says Everyone deserves a safe and affordable place to call home.

“By working closely with partners, we are creating more than 600 units of affordable housing for those who need it most throughout Alberta. This announcement is a step forward in our ongoing efforts to deliver meaningful results and increased affordability for Canadians. This is just one of the many ways our government’s National Housing Strategy is ensuring no one is left behind.”

Alberta’s government is working to expand affordable housing through its 10-year strategy, Stronger Foundations, which commits to supporting 25,000 additional households.

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