Edmonton-area veterans will soon have a one-stop shop to find housing, get mental and physical health supports and receive help securing employment.
The provincial government is investing $3 million in a new veterans service centre and transitional housing project in north Edmonton to help link veterans to a range of services.
Non-profit organization Veterans Emergency Transition Services (VETS) Canada will manage centre operations.
“From our research with thousands of in-crisis veterans across the country, we have learned that those who are struggling are in desperate need of a ‘one-stop shop’, a safe place where they can go and receive immediate support and services from qualified personnel and other veterans, without having to chase a referral to another location,” Debbie Lowther, VETS co-founder, said in a statement.
“That is what this project is all about.”
The service centre is located along public transportation routes with access to the downtown core, the operational stress injury clinic and the Edmonton Garrison. It’s steps from an apartment building purchased by the province to provide transitional housing for 15 homeless veterans. The Royal Canadian Legion, Alberta-NWT Command, is contributing up to $75,000 to furnish the suites in the building.
The service centre is expected to be operational before the end of the year, with veterans expected to begin moving into the transitional housing in the coming months.
Celebrating Armistice 100 on legislature grounds
The Alberta legislature grounds will host an event Sunday celebrating 100 years since the end of the First World War.
The Armistice 100 Tribute will begin at 11 a.m. with a 21-gun salute. From 12:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. Lord Strathcona’s Horse (Royal Canadians) Mounted Troop will ride in First World War uniforms on Capital Plaza.
Other displays include modern military vehicles, historical interpreters in First World War uniforms, a Poppy Labyrinth, Memory Wall and a 16-foot replica of the Menin Gate, the memorial to British and Commonwealth soldiers that stands today near Ypres, Belgium.
The east lane and east sidewalk of the High Level Bridge will be closed for the duration of the 21-gun salute on Sunday, and 99 Avenue will be closed between 107 Street NW and 108 Street NW from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
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