Drumheller and area will share in a major funding announcement for seniors and other public housing in Alberta.
The provincial and federal governments have combined on a $14 million program to maintain and upgrade facilities in rural communities such as ours.
"It's really important to our government to make sure that seniors are able to age in community, that the facilities they live in are well maintained and health and safety issues are dealt with expediently," said Alberta minister of Seniors and Housing, Lori Sigurdson.
"We inherited $1 billion of repairs needing to be done in affordable housing across this province," she noted. "Things like roofs, there may be plumbing, ventilation, there's all sorts of things that need to be done across the province and this investment will really make a difference."
Specifically, the Drumheller and District Seniors Foundation is to receive $67,292 for needed maintenance, while the Drumheller Housing Authority gets $10,000. Other area grant recipients include the Kneehill Housing Corporation with $54,436 and the Wheatland Housing Management Body with $135,000.
"In our 2016 budget we did invest $1.2 billion in our capital plan for Seniors and Housing and that quadruples investment that had been done by the previous government, so we know very clearly the need in Alberta," minister Sigurdson concluded.