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iNEW DEVELOPMENT SOCIETY
CITY OF EDMONTON HOMELESS DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM

In 2006 the City of Edmonton had some 2000 homeless living on the streets, in the parks, and in assorted bushes summer and winter. 46 of these die on the street every year. This, in the City of Edmonton alone, is more than die in the Canadian Armed Forces every year including Afghanistan. At that time the iNEW DEVELOPMENT SOCIETY proposed a 5-year plan to the City of Edmonton to develop and operate a Transition To Employment and Housing Training Program. The Program would have effectively taken 80% of the homeless off the streets by the end of that time, and moved them into a self-supporting situation. To this end the iNEW DEVELOPMENT SOCIETY proposed the iNEW DEVELOPMENT and the City enter into a Partnership arrangement. Funding was to be jointly by private investment form iNEW DEVELOMENT backers, the City of Edmonton, and the Province of Alberta. iNEW DEVELOPMENT would provide the bulk of the funding. These arrangements were to be $20,000,000 iNEW DEVELOPMENTS $4,000,000 City of Edmonton training salaries Province of Alberta At the end of 5 years the partnership was to be disolved and the Investors repaid. As part of the plan, iNEW DEVELOPMENT would develop a Training Campus (iNEW CAMPUS) on 118 Ave. as part of the Community Revitalization. This would be done by revitalization of the Cromdale Hotel. As part of the iNEW CAMPUS it would contain: Cultural Heritage Research Center Museum Research Library Performing Arts facility Commercial Offices Office Services Heritage Consulting Alberta Heritage Society Native Arts Management Yardwork Ethnic Restaurant Retail Space Antiques Store Community Services Daycare Youth Center Training Facilities Classrooms Shop facilities Safe/Secure Trainee Housing Persons in the Training Program would work on community development projects and progressively transfered into job place- ment and employment positions. In addition to development expenditures, the program would have brought $6,000,000 income annually to the 118 Ave. district. In addition, | Working on a Community Drop-In the city would have saved | Center $90,000,000 in Social Services costs over the 5 year period. The City of Edmonton, however, chose not to participate on the grounds that it "...saw no obligation by the city to aleviate the homeless problem...." Instead, Edmonton now (2010) has 4,000 homeless.

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