A project that will see people experiencing homelessness finally find a place to call home is getting closer to becoming a reality.
Christ Church Cathedral in Fredericton, N.B., says in a release that three people could be in their own homes as early as this summer.
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The cathedral’s Outreach Committee is hoping to build a triplex of tiny homes. It's part of a concept called Housing First "in which homeless people are provided with a place to live and support services. The goal is to make their lives healthier and more stable by removing the anxiety of chronic homelessness."
“It’s taken a community effort to get these projects going, but fund-raising has gone well, building designs are in place, and it’s exciting to be moving ahead,” the committee's chair, Penny Ericson, says. At a recent meeting of the city's planning advisory committee, in which the project was discussed, nobody spoke in opposition to the project according to Ericson. The next step in the process is getting the property rezoned before construction can begin.
The project is one of two currently underway by faith communities in the Atlantic Canadian city to get homeless people into housing. According to Fredricton's Community Action Group on Homelessness "$10 spent on housing and supports for the chronically homeless equals $21.72 in savings related to health, justice and emergency services."