Bonnyville to conduct study on mental health housing.
The Town of Bonnyville will receive up to $200,000 under the Regional Sustainability Housing Grant to carry out a study in relation to complex needs persons, such as the mentally ill, and their housing situation in the community.
Assistant Chief Administrative Officer (ACAO) for the Town of Bonnyville, Bill Rogers explains, “we had a conversation with the Province and they’re willing to provide conditional grant funding for up to $200,000, if we’re willing to conduct and support a feasibility study and needs assessment, with the focus being on sustainable housing needs for complex needs people.” Rogers explains that the study will try into the Town’s already in place mental health initiatives.
“Ultimately, this will be to look at a needs-assessment and a business plan for our community. If needs are presented, as a result of the program, we may also qualify for capital funding to construct a [building], that would be staffed by Alberta Health Services,” Rogers explains the study could result in future heath services facilities.
“They’re giving us a money to do a study on mental health housing? Absolutely,” Mayor of Bonnyville, Gene Sobolewski says without a question the Town is in to carry out the study. The rest of Council unanimously agreed.