Cabinet Minister Discusses Homelessness In P.A.

Thursday, August 16, 2007 at 14:48



A provincial cabinet minister says more help needs to be given to northerners who make the move to Prince Albert.


Judy Junor sat down with grassroots leaders in the city yesterday, where the issues of homelessness and transiency were discussed at length.


Junor says too many people are finding themselves with no fixed address simply because they don’t know how the rental system works.


Junor acknowledges vacancy rates are low in the city and likely won’t improve anytime soon, especially if a proposed diamond mine becomes a reality and the forestry sector rebounds.


She adds the inadequacy of the shelter allowance for low-income earners was one of the subjects to come up the most in yesterday’s meeting.


Junor plans to hold more meetings on the issue next week.