Temporary shelter to operate for two more months at current location

Red Deer city council approved the temporary shelter for the homeless to stay open in Cannery Row (5239 – 53 Avenue) for two more months while the city looks at other locations. Safe Harbour Society will continue to do so with funding from the provincial government.

Council received feedback from surrounding landowners in writing over the past month and members of the public were given the opportunity to speak to the issue during the public hearing held during today’s meeting. Concerns around safety and impacts on businesses, as well as addiction related challenges were voiced. The city will continue to work with RCMP, Safe Harbour Society and other social support agencies as well as area business owners to assist with concerns are being addressed. 

The approvals on March 29 allows the temporary shelter to operate at the current site for two months while the city explores other location options. The temporary shelter is meant to fill the need until a permanent shelter is operational. In February 2020, the province committed $7 million in its 2020 Capital Plan for a purpose-built integrated emergency shelter in Red Deer. Specifics about location, timing and operational details haven’t been determined by the provincial government.

If you are concerned for the well-being of someone who is experiencing homelessness, mental
health challenges or substance abuse challenges, and they are not posing an immediate harm to
themselves or others, call 2-1-1 then Press 2 to reach the Social Diversion Team.
The Social Diversion Team consists of specially-trained professionals that can provide front line
assessment, intervention and support. They can connect people in crisis with the social services
they need, such as housing supports, mental health supports, detox programs and harm reduction
resources.