FORT ST. JOHN – The Province and The Salvation Army announced today the purchase and redevelopment of the Cedar Lodge Motor Inn to provide shelter and transitional beds for people who are homeless in Fort St. John.
The Province will invest approximately $3.2 million to purchase and
redevelop the building. The Salvation Army will contribute $1
million in cash equity.
Located at 9824 - 99th Ave. in Fort St. John, this two-storey
building will be managed and operated by The Salvation Army. When
the redevelopment is complete, the facility will include 10
minimum-barrier transitional beds, 20 shelter beds and 26
The society will also provide residents access to on- and off-site
support services, amenity space for addictions programming as well
as a drop-in meal centre six days a week for people in need.
Rich Coleman, Minister of Energy and Mines and Minister
Responsible for Housing –
“The renovations at Cedar Lodge Motor Inn will increase
the number of shelter and transitional beds for people who are
homeless in the area. But this project isn’t about a
building – it’s about the individuals who
will transition through this facility as a first step towards
stabilizing their housing and an opportunity to change their
Pat Pimm, MLA for Peace River North –
“Access to shelter beds for people who are homeless or
at risk of homelessness is important for our community. Our
government is proud to partner with organizations like The
Salvation Army to ensure that individuals at risk will have
increased access to beds as well as the necessary support
Mayor Lori Ackerman, City of Fort St. John –
“I would like to thank The Salvation Army and the
Province for partnering together to make this initiative a reality.
This is a positive step forward toward ending
Captain Ben Lippers, The Salvation Army –
“The Salvation Army has 130 years of experience giving
hope and support to vulnerable individuals in Canada. This
redevelopment project provides us the opportunity to expand our
services and enables us to continue and provide for those at risk
with the care and support they need.”
Province invests $3.2M to help Fort St. John homeless
May 24th, 2012
Over the last decade, the provincial government has invested $2.8 billion to provide affordable housing for low‐income individuals, seniors and families.
This year, more than 95,000 B.C. households will benefit from provincial social housing programs and services.
In 2010-11, the Province invested over $3.1 million to provide subsidized housing and rent supplements for more than 370 Fort St. John households.
The Salvation Army is an international Christian non-profit organization dedicated to providing social services and assistance to those that are marginalized and overlooked in over 400 communities across Canada and more than 120 countries around the globe.
To learn more about provincial programs and services to address homelessness, visit: www.bchousing.org/Initiatives/Creating/PHI
To learn more about The Salvation Army, visit: http://www.salvationarmy.ca