Lacombe’s affordable housing strategy leads to Yu-Turn Girls Home

The City of Lacombe and Central Alberta Youth Unlimited (CAYU) opened a $400,000 Yu-Turn Girls Supportive Housing project in Lacombe Nov. 4.

The Yu-Turn Home provides a skill development program for young people ages 16-22 who need and want support and encouragement to become holistically healthy, fully independent, community contributors.

“It was an easy choice to recommend capital funding towards a supportive housing project that offers hope and opportunity to younger residents in Lacombe,” said Outi Kite, Affordable Housing Committee Chair.

“Together we are empowering our youth by loving them and investing in their future.”

The city contributed $80,000 towards the facility, which includes both city and Government Alberta funding. CAYU has since raised an additional $300,000, leaving only $20,000 remaining on the facility’s mortgage.

“City council is pleased to see this funding directed towards needed, sustainable housing options in our community,” said Mayor Grant Creasey. “It is great to see an organization like CAYU invest in young people who deserve the best chance to succeed in Lacombe.”

Within a community environment, participants journey through a personalized development plan with the support of a house mentor, youth workers, and community partners. Built on the premise of change through choice – this relationship-based program seeks to see the hope and wholeness realized in the community’s young people.

“We are thrilled that our community has come along side YU-Turn to help us provide a safe, loving home for youth at risk,” said Penny Ure, housing director for Central Alberta Youth.

CAYU is continuing to fundraise for the facility’s mortgage. They are also looking for community partners to provide funds for monthly programming.

Additionally, community partnerships and volunteers are needed to assist with employment and skill development programming.

To learn more about the program or to support Yu-Turn, contact Penny Ure at

Photo: Executive Director Penny Ure, City of Lacombe Deputy Mayor Thalia Hibbs, CAYU Housing Director Penny Ure, City of Lacombe Affordable Housing Committee Chair Outi Kite

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