EDMONTON — Edmonton is seeking more than $240 million to help end homelessness in the city. Mayor Don Iveson made the request a day after the federal government announced $1 billion in support.
Iveson asked for $186 million dollars to buy and convert hotels and around $60 million to build 250 new permanent units to house the homeless in a letter to the federal minister of social development.
As winter approaches, Iveson said this is an issue that needs to be dealt with in a matter of weeks. He credits homeless camps like Pekiwewin in Rossdale and Peace Camp in Old Strathcona for bringing attention to the issue.
“The camps simply make visible a problem that we have known about all along,” said Iveson. “So that’s why I think, not just here but across the country, the camps have brought a refreshed focus – along with the pandemic – on the moral obligation to make sure that no Canadian is left out in the cold.”
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