YWCA to end permanent supportive housing program

The permanent supportive housing program at the YWCA Lethbridge & District will soon be no more as the organization has made a decision to end its contract. The CEO of the YWCA Jill Young says it’s a complex issue and they know it will have an effect on the community. She says, however, that long term, financially, it had to end. Young explains how this will affect their clients and says there are other alternatives in place.  

“This affects twenty-four different individuals. And again, I want to emphasize that this decision did not come lightly. We are currently working with other organizations, other providers that can provide housing to these individuals. It is on a case by case and very individual needs for what different participants need and where they may be successful in the long term. So there are lots of different options and we’re working with as many providers as we can to ensure that we have some next steps available for the individuals that are affected,” said Jill Young, CEO, YWCA Lethbridge & District. 

No other programs within the YWCA will be affected by the change. The contract will be coming to an end on March 31st.  

Angela Stewart

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