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LETHBRIDGE: The City is looking for new ideas on how to fight homelessness. They're inviting the public to attend a conference next week to brainstorm new approaches as they continue a five-year plan to end homelessness in Lethbridge.

"The biggest idea here is to bring in other ideas. What ways can we bring more affordable housing doors to Lethbridge," says the Housing Committee vice chair, Stan Mills. "There's never a bad idea, so it's just a matter of bringing those ideas together."

The City of Lethbridge has invested $10 million in provincial money over the past four years to eradicating homelessness. Social Housing in Action is now wrapping its second year of the five-year plan on the issue. And they've seen some success. Street homelessness has decreased by 53 per cent over the past two years. And in the past year, the committee provided 514 new housing spots. But there's still some room to grow. Mills reports there are about 1200 people on the committee's waiting list for new housing.

He invites input from community stakeholders, including those at risk of homelessness. The cost to attend the conference is $100.

Posted on Thursday, September 15, 2011 at 4/23/2014 4:10:23 PM
Source: Marion Warnica, Country 95 News - photo by Country 95 News (r to l: committee vice chair Stan Mills and chair Dr. Gary Bowie
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