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Funding promised to Shelter

Published: November 9, 2016

BY JENNIFER PARSONS

The Red Lake Area Emergency Shelter continues to work with provincial funders to secure operating capital to carry it through the winter confirms staff.

Executive Director Janalee Jodouin says the group is aware additional funds have been committed to the Kenora District Services Board (KDSB) through the Community Homeless Prevention Initiative, however how that money will be dispersed to regional operations has yet to be disclosed.

Last week KDSB Chief Administrative Officer confirmed to CBC News the organization would receive $1.2 million over the next two years to be added to their current allocation of $2.6 million.

Jodouin says the Shelter has presented a budget of around $200,000 a year for the next three years as a baseline for keeping the organization moving forward.

“KDSB had given an infusion of dollars to keep the shelter open. That said those funds have been eaten up quickly. We are in a financial crisis until some of this money comes our way… They said based on the business plan they would look at how much funding we would need to be secure and keep the shelter open.”

She adds that previous KDSB funding has amounted to $46,000 a year and is only for emergency purposes. She says she would like to see there be consideration for transitional programs for clients who are living at the shelter.

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