More bed spaces to prevent freezing deaths

Tyler Clarke
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Prince Albert Grand Council Grand Chief Ron Michel speaks in favour of 10 bed spaces in the basement of the YWCA Our House shelter, for people who are intoxicated. 

Only a couple weeks after the idea first came forward, more overnight beds for people who are intoxicated are already a reality.


On Friday, delegates from various levels of government and community organizations gathered in the basement of the YWCA Our House shelter to launch 10 new bed spaces, which YWCA CEO Donna Brooks said will begin accepting people on Monday.

The idea for the beds was sparked by the freezing deaths of four people last year – deaths Brooks said will not go for nothing.

The province is providing an initial investment of $40,000 to support the shelter for the first season to April 2014.

The Northern Lights Community Development Corporation is contributing $50,000 in funding for the project, as directed by the Prince Albert Grand Council.

See the Daily Herald website later today for more on this initiative.

Organizations: YWCA, Our House, Northern Lights Community Development Prince Albert Grand Council Daily Herald

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