Eunice Friesen  

for Mayor

Addictions and Homelessness

I believe the City is on the right track with a focus on supportive housing in the near-term, and Iā€™m committed to resourcing the Homelessness Strategy for Grande Prairie.

The City must:

  • support community agencies who provide affordable and appropriate housing (Wapiti House, Sunrise House, Canadian Mental Health Association, and Grande Spirit Foundation),
  • support initiatives that reduce the impact of street-level behaviour and crime, like the Mobile Outreach Program (MOP) and the Police and Crisis Team (PACT)
  • continue to advocate with Provincial and Federal levels of government for programs and services that
    • provide prevention and treatment, and
    • cross boundaries of ministries like justice, healthcare, and community and social services,
  • collaborate with community stakeholders ā€“ those with lived experience, social agencies, Enforcement Services and RCMP ā€“ to discuss and implement ways to reduce the stigma and address substance abuse and addiction and the street-level behaviours that impact our neighbourhoods, and
  • provide pathways for individuals to access supportive and transitional housing, counselling services, and reintegration into society where needed.