Iqaluit commits $160,000 to youth crisis intervention, homelessness strategy
Money comes from city’s Building Safer Community Fund
The City of Iqaluit will spend $160,650 to support youth crisis intervention and homelessness prevention in the community.
At its meeting Tuesday, council voted unanimously in favour of providing the money to Halifax-based social enterprise Common Good Solutions. It will be drawn from Iqaluit’s Building Safer Community Fund.
The city’s recreation department issued a request for proposals looking for a consultant to establish a strategy to create a youth crisis intervention and homelessness prevention program in Iqaluit.
The department received one qualifying proposal — from Common Good Solutions — and determined it should be awarded the contract.
Last year, city council passed a motion to enter talks to purchase the Frobisher Racquet Club. The plan was to purchase it with the purpose of using it for youth crisis intervention programming.
The city will use the strategy developed by Common Good Solutions in order to help access the capital funding needed to purchase the racquet club, according to recreation department documents presented to council Tuesday, supporting a request for decision on the matter.
Correction: This story has been updated to remove incorrect information about the Frobisher Racquet Club. The City of Iqaluit has not yet purchased the racquet club.