The Wapiti Dorm Society and Peace River Regional Women’s Shelter Society are set to receive grant funding to go towards facility renovations and upgrades. The funding is part of a $2.1 million joint announcement from the provincial and federal governments, which includes 18 women’s shelters, homeless shelters and private non-profit housing organizations from across the province.
Wapiti Dorm Society, better known as Wapiti House, will receive $130,000 while $64,000 is slated for the Peace River Regional Women’s Shelter. According to the province some of the upgrades the funds can be used for include work outside, including replacing windows, roofing and siding, or inside such as updating heating and ventilation systems, ad updating suites with new flooring and cabinetry.
Minister of Seniors, Community and Social Services Jeremy Nixon says it is important to ensure Albertans have a safe place to sleep in which they can take pride in.
“Whether it be a shelter or affordable housing, our government is glad to be investing these funds, which will improve the quality of life for so many Albertans for years to come.”
Federal Minister of Tourism and Associate Minister of Finance Randy Boissonnault adds shelters and affordable housing organizations are a crucial part of the road to recovery for the province’s vulnerable.
“This announcement will help renovate shelter spaces, maintain existing homes, and ensure continued access to essential services for Albertans. Thank you to the front-line workers and organizations that help those in need.”
According to the provincial government the services offered by not only the Peace Country organizations are essential for thousands across the province.