Council grants first reading for more shelter beds

  • Nov. 6, 2013 5:13 p.m.

Red Deer City council gave first reading on Monday to a land use amendment that would see the addition of six beds for the Safe Harbour Society.

Council heard that the facility, located at 5246 – 53 Ave., has shown a need for more beds. The amendment change would allow for a maximum 46 bed combined non-medical detoxification centre and overnight shelter.

Currently, there are 40 beds and the addition of six more would not require any sort of facility expansion. The current location for the detox centre and overnight shelter was approved in 2005 and opened in July of 2007.

“Safe Harbour is a group that ensures adequate and appropriate shelter beds to serve the community on a year-round basis,” said Tara Lodewyk, planning manager for the City. “They have also made a conscious effort to connect with neighbours in the area. They’ve done tours and visit their neighbours to have ongoing discussions.”

Lodewyk said that currently, there are 20 beds dedicated to the detox program for long-term clients. The other 20 beds are for overnight shelter for adults.

“These adults are under the influence from substances. This is a place where they can come in from the cold and have a warm place to be overnight.”

The additional six beds would be used either for the detox program or the mat program, she said.

“With their current need, they are wanting to use the six beds for the mat program,” she said. “Right now, they are turning clients away.”

Central Alberta’s Safe Harbour Society for Health and Housing was formed on April 11, 2007.

The agency resulted from the amalgamation of three non-profit agencies – the Safe Harbour Society (detox and overnight shelter for individuals who are high or intoxicated,) the Red Deer Residential Society (transitional housing units), and the Central Alberta Housing Society (homeless shelter and transitional housing).

Council ultimately voted unanimously to grant first reading on the amendment.

Next up, the amendment comes before council for consideration of second and third reading on Dec. 2. At that time, a public hearing will also be held for residents to comment on the amendment.

editor@reddeerexpress.com

Just Posted

WATCH: Chuckwagon races wrap up at Westerner Days

Reed Rosencrans was the 2018 champion of the chuckwagon races in Red Deer

WATCH: Joe Hittel is the number one fundraiser in Northern Alberta for Rope for Hope

Hittel of Red Deer raised $14,000 for Make A Wish event

Watch: Westerner Days in full swing

The heat and the thunderstorms didn’t stop anybody

The Expo Wheel ride a no-go at Westerner Days

Red Deerians take in Westerner Days all week long

20,000 swarm to Westerner Days on day two

Westerner Days Fair & Exposition saw the community meet-up for Tim Hortons Kids Day

Watch: Westerner Days in full swing

The heat and the thunderstorms didn’t stop anybody

Police confirm girl, 8 others injured in Toronto shooting; shooter dead

Paramedics said many of the victims in Danforth, including a child, were rushed to trauma centres

Government sets full-time salary range for Justin Trudeau’s nanny

At its top range, the order works out to a rate of $21.79 per hour, assuming a 40-hour work week

Canada to resettle dozens of White Helmets and their families from Syria

There are fears the volunteers would become a target for government troops

Francesco Molinari wins British Open at Carnoustie

It is his first win at a major and the first by an Italian

Stettler hosts antique tractor pull

Participants come from across Alberta

No Name brand chicken nuggets recalled due to possible salmonella

Canadian Food Inspection Agency says multiple illnesses reported in B.C., Alberta and Ontario

Ex-Raptor DeMar DeRozan says goodbye to Toronto on Instagram

The guard was traded to the San Antonio Spurs earlier this week for Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green

Most Read