The Mustard Seed is set to open 40 year-round shelter spaces for woman in Calgary with funding from the Alberta Government. To meet the needs of women experiencing homelessness in Calgary. The 40 new spaces will be available immediately, and are supported through $762,702 in funding, including $98,500 in one-time startup costs.
Minister of Seniors, Community and Social Services, Jason Nixon said that as the number of women experiencing homelessness in the province increases, it’s of the utmost importance for Alberta’s government to dedicate space to ensure vulnerable women have a safe place to stay.
"Homelessness is a top priority for my department and Alberta’s government, and we will continue to work with our partners to make sure those who need our support are able to get it.”
Seniors, Community and Social Services provides $32 million annually to operate about 1,800 emergency shelter spaces in Calgary. This new funding means women experiencing homelessness will now have 78 shelter spaces dedicated for their use, including 40 at the Mustard Seed, 18 at the Salvation Army-Wagner shelter and 20 operated by YWCA Calgary.
“While we collaborate on affordable housing solutions, we are glad to see the province continue to prioritize emergency shelter space for people who are in crisis. Safe places to sleep and connections to support are key to aiding people to move out of situations of vulnerability," said Mayor of Calgary Jyoti Gondek.
The rising demand for women-specific shelter services in Calgary is undeniable and as Samantha Lowe senior director, shelter operations for the Mustard Seed said they offer heartfelt gratitude to the ministry for affording the opportunity to offer specialized support.
"Together, we can make a significant impact on the lives of women in need and ensure their safety and well-being."
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