Homeless proposals made for Michener

Two agencies have submitted proposals to run a temporary 40-room housing program at Michener Centre for people who are employed but homeless.
Heritage Family Services and Catholic Social Services submitted proposals this week to use a former residential building at 202 Meadowview Rd., on the north side of the Michener grounds.
“It’s nice to see two groups have identified they have the capacity to do this,” said Stacey Carmichael, chair of Red Deer Housing Committee.
“It looks like both of them are quite extensive proposals.”
Red Deer College administration also wrote the committee a letter expressing interest in using the building for student housing if the homeless program didn’t proceed.
Maribeth Friesen, with the city’s Social Planning Department, said representatives from Alberta Seniors, the city, the housing committee, and Michener will likely meet next week to begin examining the proposals from Heritage and Catholic services.
It could take three or four weeks before a decision is made, she added.
The Michener project would focus on housing people who need to save enough money for their own place.
The two-storey site has communal living and kitchen spaces on each floor, with a larger kitchen and eating area in the basement.
Contact Susan Zielinski at szielinski@reddeeradvocate.com