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The Edson Friendship Centre has received federal While an Emergency Shelter may not be financially 14-198
funding to be used to address homelessness in the area. feasible for Edson, Kristie is confident that other
Adopting a housing first model the centre is solutions are available. “We are a huge community
spearheading a project to address the issues that affect with lots of resources. If you have the right people
Edson. The concept is that by addressing the basic sitting at the table you can do some really creative stuff.
need of housing you are providing stability and are then And it might not work 100% of the time but if it's
able to increase other supports such as mental health, working for even half of that 60 people it is still worth it
medical, and employment issues to help formerly in the end.”
homeless people maintain their housing long term. In order to kick start the community engagement
Alberta Human Services defines homeless as those piece Gomuwka has booked Professor Solina Richter
who do not have safe, affordable, appropriate, to come to Edson and present information to the public
permanent housing to which they can return whenever regarding rural homelessness on March 5. As well as
they choose. hearing the information there will be a round table talk
Kristie Gomuwka said, “Homelessness in rural on the face of homelessness in Edson and where to go
communities doesn't look like what we imagine it to from here.
look like. More likely it is couch surfing, living in The presentation will be open to the public and Kristie
hotels, or multiple families living under one roof. It's is hoping for a large representation of community
going to look different than what we see in the members including those who are currently homeless.
downtown locations in some of our cities.” The Edson Friendship Centre is currently hiring a
One the most important aspects of the project will be coordinator position for the project and intends to hire a Turtle is a
the community engagement and education that will front line worker. very
come with the project. According to Alberta Human Services, “Studies
While there has never been an official count done in show it can cost upwards of $100,000 per year in affectionate
Edson the “conservative estimate” of homeless people health, emergency, and justice system services to 3 year old
in Edson is 60. support a chronically homeless person. Under Housing
The process of determining exact numbers will be First, it costs less than $35,000 per year to provide who loves
challenging as unlike major centers those in need of permanent housing and the supports they need to break to be
support are spread throughout the community. the cycle of homelessness.”
The first step of the project will be to develop a large The province has implemented a 10-year plan to end around
task force of representatives from traditional service homelessness by 2019 with funding provided to people.
providers to real estate agents, and landlords, along community-based organizations in the seven major
with two medical students currently working on the cities. She doesn’t
project. For more information on joining the task force you
The goal will be to develop a community plan that can attend the March 5 presentation or contact Kristie get along
provides long term supports and not just address short Gomuwka at 780-723-5494. well with
term needs. Gomuwka said she hopes that by bringing dogs but


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