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Federal Government Supports 30 New Shelters in the Yukon

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Funding is coming into the Yukon from the Federal Government of Canada to assist in the expansion of transitional housing

YUKON - The Federal Government has announced funding to support the construction and support for transitional housing in the Yukon

It's been announced by the Honourable Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Housing and Diversity and Inclusion, the Honourable John Streicker, Minister of Energy, Mines and Resources and Minister of the Public Service Commission, Hähké Roberta Joseph of the Tr'ondëk Hwëch'in Government, and Chief Steve Smith, Champagne and Aishihik First Nations (CAFN) that 10 new shelter and transitional homes opening in Dawson City with 14 beds for individuals who need them. In Whitehorse 20 new affordable homes are nearly built, both projects are supported by $11 million in federal investments.

The men's shelter in Dawson City will house male residents of Dawson and Tr'ondëk Hwëch'in individuals. The residents of the shelter are those at risk of homelessness.

The Government of Canada is contributing $4.9 million through the National Housing Co-Investment Fund (NHCF) and $326,204 in annual operating costs, while the Yukon Government is providing $900,000 through the Yukon Housing Corporation for the construction and $125,000 in annual operating costs through Yukon Health and Social Services. The  Government is contributing $685,246 in equity, $56,000 in annual operating costs and land for the project. The Yukon Anti Poverty Coalition is also providing $90,000 in annual operating costs.

The shelter in Dawson City is at 1217 Second Ave and the Tr'ondëk Hwëch'in Government will look over operations.

Minister Hussen also mentioned another project at 195 Olive May Way in Whitehorse. The Tr'ondëk Hwëch'in Government of Canada committed roughly $6.1 million to the Projects Stream of the Rapid Accommodation Initiative to build 20 new homes for Champagne and Aishihik First Nations families and persons in need of housing. This project is almost finished.

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