By Lethbridge Herald on December 16, 2020.
The Southern Alberta Council on Public Affairs will have managing director of The Mustard Seed in Central Alberta, Byron Bradley, discuss why they are coming to Lethbridge and what they are all about during Thursday’s online session.
The Mustard Seed, a well-known non-profit across Western Canada, is bringing over 35 years of experience in poverty alleviation to Lethbridge. In the cities where they serve, The Mustard Seed provides basic services, housing and employment supports to those in need and partners with the community to address the root causes of poverty.
In Lethbridge, The Mustard Seed is joining forces with Lethbridge Soup Kitchen in order to grow and expand the work already taking place. The establishment of a sober shelter and permanent supportive housing are two priority areas for The Mustard Seed in Lethbridge.
Between 2016 and 2018 Lethbridge experienced a 151 per cent increase in the homeless population. Fourteen per cent of Lethbridge households are considered low-income and 21 per cent of renters pay more than half their income in shelter costs. More than 400 citizens are on the wait list for affordable housing.
Bradley will discuss the importance of having safe, appropriate shelter and affordable housing, along with supportive programming that helps residents and community members move toward greater sustainability and independence.
Thursday’s session will be at 10 a.m. on the SACPA YouTube channel. In order to ask questions, participants must have a registered YouTube account. For further information visit sacpa.ca.