City continues search for permanent emergency shelter site

The City of Red Deer is holding a community collaboration session on Sept. 8 with agency stakeholders to discuss options to address the gap in shelter services starting on Oct. 1 when the Cannery Row site closes.
Participants include the Ministry of Community and Social Services, Health Officials, service providers such as Safe Harbour Society, RCMP, DBA, Central Alberta Crime Prevention Centre as well as several city departments.
The city is seeking site purchase options for a temporary shelter after the Cannery Row site closes Sept. 30. Administration had hoped to bring back options to council late August but this has been delayed to November when administration can provide a detailed update with operational progress.
“We have been working on a list of site purchase options with associated costs and processes,” said Kristin Walsh, manager of Safe and Healthy Communities. “It is not fully completed for council to make a fully informed decision at this time.
Administration is preparing a plan to mitigate potential impacts from the Oct. 1 Cannery Row site closure on surrounding businesses, residents and the community, and working on a permanent shelter.
Currently located in the Cannery Row building (5239 53 Avenue), the temporary emergency shelter is operated by Safe Harbour and funded by the Province of Alberta.