Project Progress

Since the province announced funding for the permanent shelter in February 2020, there has been a lot of work done in the background on roles in the project, site selection process, service delivery, and ownership of site and building. On April 11, to be more transparent, Council approved the previous reports, presentations, communications and recommendations held in closed meetings (In Camera) to be released publicly. As the final site has not been determined, there is certain information that has been redacted to protect the integrity of the In Camera process and economic interests if a non-City owned site is selected. The redactions throughout the report include site specific information, contractual obligations, legal advice and third-party business information. Please view the summary report and full report under Resources related to permanent shelter process below.

Timeline of Events

February 2020 The province committed $7 million towards the purpose-built integrated permanent shelter in Red Deer. 

November 2020 A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the province and The City was finalized, outlining high
level responsibilities.

November 15, 2021 City Council released their In Camera recommendationfor a Housing-Focused Shelter service delivery model.This requests that operations focus on outcome-based,low-barrier, integrated service delivery using a housingfocused model that strives to end chronic homelessness.The Government of Alberta confirmed its support of thisdirection in a letter to The City dated January 6, 2022.

April 2021 – January 2022

Council held 13 closed meetings to determine an appropriate site and service model delivery recommendation.

January 22, 2022 A potential location was released for the permanent shelter following administration conducting a search of potential sites with the support of a commercial realtor. Nearly 80 sites in Red Deer were explored during the process.

February 16-23, 2022 The City conducted several targeted community conversations to develop a better understanding of the community’s thoughts on the shelter, its location, and the process thus far, in advance of zoning requirements for the proposed location.

March 7, 2022 Administration and third-party engagement specialist presented the What We Heard report during the Special Council Meeting. Council gave administration direction to develop an engagement strategy to host additional community conversations about the permanent shelter in Red Deer.

May 9, 2022 Council directed administration to develop and implement a public participation strategy to gather community input on site criteria with a deadline to wrap up public participation by June 20, 2022.