Members of the Lethbridge Housing Authority presented at a recent SPC meeting this week to discuss the current state of supportive housing in our city.
Back in May, the Alberta government committed a total of $10 million for a 42 bed unit to help those who are facing homelessness.
Robin James, the CAO of the group, says more supportive housing is needed to try to fill the gaps in Lethbridge.
“We’d sure like to see some ability to have some supportive housing that is in its own kind of zoning so that you know what you’re going to get with that versus direct control. It could turn into a shelter. It could turn into whatever. So just clarity of purpose. We need to make sure that we are providing housing that is built for the client instead of trying to make the client built into the housing.”
A location for the supportive housing unit has not yet been chosen but James says it will likely be outside of the downtown core with shovels in the ground by the fall.