By Kalinowski, Tim on December 11, 2019.
Lethbridge city council has unanimously supported spending $300,000 to help complete renovations on the Lethbridge Shelter’s intox facility.
Council made the decision to allocate the funds during Monday’s public meeting. The $300,000 will be drawn from the City’s Municipal Block Fund reserve, which was formed based on a grant first received from the province back in 2009.
“We have requested of the province intox,” explained Coun. Belinda Crowson, who put forth the motion on council’s behalf, “and as part of that they have asked us to contribute some of the money towards it.”
The money will be used to build a perimeter fence around the new facility and to help complete other renovations on what will eventually be a 30-bed centre. The province will contribute annual funding to run the centre, but has asked the City to submit its share of what it proposes to pay for the new facility by January.
It is hoped the new intox facility, which currently has 12 beds to help keep those publicly high on drugs in a safe place to stay until they can sober up again, will have all 30 beds fully-up and running by next year. The intox centre will also serve as the first contact point toward further drug treatment and recovery programming for those who use it.
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