Bill Ginther calls on Alberta government to address homelessness crisis

A man who fights for the homeless in our city says the Alberta government isn’t doing enough to help our most vulnerable. Bill Ginther, the executive director of the Lethbridge Soup Kitchen took to Facebook and blasted Alberta’s Deputy Premier and Infrastructure Minister Nathan Neudorf. Ginther called on the province to do more to address the homeless issues here in our city.

“For five and a half years, I’ve been the director of the soup kitchen. I’m not an expert, but I have a front row seat. And I see these people, I know them by name. I know who’s died last week and the week before. And I say, nothing is happening. There’s no housing. We’ve had three different news conferences over the course of the last several years. All this money that was earmarked from the federal government for the building of a 42 bed unit. Nothing. There’s no building. Do you see a building anywhere? So, what I’m saying is that it is time to start taking action. Like, talk is so cheap, and it means nothing.”

Members of Lethbridge City Council say they are working with the province for potential funding to help build and implement a sober shelter in our city including the Civic Ice Centre.

We reached out to Deputy Premier and Lethbridge-East MLA Nathan Neudorf for comment on the story but did not hear back by our broadcast deadline.

Micah Quinn

After graduating from Mount Royal University in Calgary with a Broadcasting Diploma, Micah made the trek down to Lethbridge to work for Bridge City News. He has previously worked at City TV Calgary on the Breakfast Television morning show. He looks forward to connecting with this community, and reaching a new audience. Micah has a passion for interviewing and finding out why people think the way they do. You’ll often find him pursuing local feature stories and hard news.

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