EDMONTON – Vulnerable individuals needing support will benefit from a new, 24/7 emergency shelter with improved accessibility, improved safety measures and enhanced assistance. The new Herb Jamieson Centre will have capacity for up to 400 people.
The current site is now closed and being prepped for demolition, with construction expected to start in the spring of 2020. Hope Mission plays a vital role in Edmonton’s homeless-serving system of care. The total cost of the Herb Jamieson rebuild is an estimated $16 million. A total of $8 million is cost-shared between the federal and provincial governments to enable the new shelter build. Hope Mission has received $6.1 million in contributions towards this new shelter build.
Thrilled to announce that @YourAlberta is keeping our platform commitment to fund the construction of a new @HopeMission emergency homeless shelter in #Edmonton. https://t.co/mqFgEo5UuR pic.twitter.com/49DB3Wuzm6— Jason Kenney (@jkenney) February 14, 2020
“For decades the Hope Mission has been a reprieve for the homeless, the poor, and the marginalized,” said Jason Kenney, Premier of Alberta.
“Motivated by a faith that teaches people to ‘love your neighbour,’ Hope Mission has offered a warm bed, a hot meal, and a loving welcome to tens of thousands at a time of need. The Mission now desperately needs to replace its aging emergency shelter, which is why our government ran on a platform commitment to partner with private donors to get the job done. I’m excited to announce our $4 million taxpayer contribution to this important project that will help those most in need of shelter.”
The Government of Canada, through Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation and the Alberta Government are investing in the rural lodge partnership through the Canada-Alberta bilateral agreement under the National Housing Strategy.
“The new Herb Jamieson Centre will be a vital resource for everyone who comes through our doors in search of shelter,” said Bruce Reith, Executive Director, Hope Mission. “I am thankful to the Alberta government and to all of our donors for their support. Because of you, this vision will become a reality.”
During the Herb Jamieson Centre rebuild, the Hope Mission will increase capacity at the main building to accommodate 540 people. The Herb Jamieson Centre currently consists of an Alberta Infrastructure-owned building constructed in 1954 and an adjacent temporary trailer. The total capacity is 285.
The Government of Canada is currently rolling out its National Housing Strategy (NHS), an ambitious 10-year, $55 billion plan that will create 125,000 new housing units and lift 530,000 families out of housing need, as well as repair and renew more than 300,000 housing units and reduce chronic homelessness by 50 per cent.