"It's going to go a long way to make the homeless people, or people in transition, to feel more comfortable, safe and secure in their surroundings," ACRD chairman Glenn Wong said Wednesday. City councillor Cindy Solda mentioned the importance of the community stakeholders initiative's knowledge of the situation. "This isn't going to end [homelessness], but it is going to help it, and I think that's important," Solda said. "It's one more step."
The ACRD did not make changes to the stakeholders' proposal regarding where the funds went. "I think all of the societies and the people that work with them are looking forward to serving the community with these funds," Shelter Society manager Wes Hewitt said. Many, if not all, of the funds are going towards additional housing for homeless people in the community, including a seven-room duplex and a 41-unit subsidized apartment building. The Shelter Society is also using its funds to hire a part-time caseworker to provide advocacy for shelter clients.
Scott McKenzie, E Alberni Valley Times Published: Thursday, August 09, 2012
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