Lethbridge residents will have a chance to provide feedback into the potential interim sober shelter at the Civic Curling Centre. The city will host an open house on Sept. 24 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. and on Sept. 26 from 4–8 p.m. in the city hall foyer.
“The event will provide context as to the community need, the role of the city and what the next steps will be in the development process,” reads a news release from the city. “Participants will be asked what steps should be considered in the development of this project to help these much needed resources successfully move forward while still meeting the expectations of the community.”
Funding and operations of social housing is in the jurisdiction of the province, but the city says it can support the efforts by ensuring a space is ready. City efforts to move the project forward include gathering and evaluating community feedback, identifying potential budgetary implications, submitting development permit developing lease agreement terms for a potential operator.
A survey will also be available on the city’s website from Sept. 21– Oct. 6.
“Addressing social issues requires a community response and while it is understandable that there may be concerns, there is also an opportunity to find collective solutions that will best support all Lethbridge residents,” the city said.