COUNCIL SHUTS DOWN A HOMELESSNESS PREVENTION TEAM, DESPITE THE COST BEING COVERED BY THE PROVINCE
2/7/2018 7:22:29 AM


A passionate plea to hire seven staff to help fight local homelessness fell on deaf ears at Town Hall.

Manager of Social Services and Housing Heidy Van Dyk-Ellis asked council to create a Homelessness Prevention Team on Tuesday.

She said it would consist of 4 full-time permanent positions and 3 temporary full time.

The County had originally asked outside companies to bid on this program rather than hiring in-house, hoping to get a lower cost than the roughly $600,000 in salaries which are covered by the province.

No one bid on the process so the issue was brought back up again.

Van Dyk-Ellis believes that keeping it in-house IS the best option going forward.

    In the end, council voted to have the issue re-tendered to see if any outside company will bid on the program.
   

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