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Community agencies receive nearly $4 million as part of Community Wellbeing and Safety Strategy

​Lethbridge City Council on Monday unanimously approved Round 2 of funding allocations for the Lethbridge Community Wellbeing and Safety Strategy (CWSS), providing almost $4 million to community agencies.

The approval on the allocation of $3,917,011 builds on the integrated investment framework combining municipal, provincial and federal funding, as well as the nearly $6 million from Round 1 allocated last month. There are no City of Lethbridge dollars in Round 2.

"The Community Wellbeing and Safety Strategy is innovative, evidence-based and recovery-focused," says Martin Thomsen, Manager of Community Social Development for the City of Lethbridge. "The community impact for these dollars will be very significant and they will have a positive impact for our residents."

"Similar to Round 1 of this funding, these dollars will have a focus on the client and assisting the most vulnerable in our community," says Councillor Belinda Crowson, who sponsored the motion to council.

The anticipated community impacts include:

  • Programming dollars are focused on priority populations
  • Centralized access and enhanced client experience that tailor individual needs to services in the community
  • Strategic investment to build capacity in a Blackfoot organization for community-wide access to cultural expertise, knowledge and programming
  • Decreased service duplication through an integrated delivery model
  • Strategic push to end homelessness by 2022

Round 2 of the Integrated Request for Supplier Qualifications (RFSQ) process leverages funds from Family Community Support Services (FCSS), Outreach Support Services Initiative (OSSI), Reaching Home (RH) and Reaching Home – COVID funding, to the organizations.

The next steps for the CWSS involve written notice of results to community and all proponents; contracts executed in November and December; transition planning and implementation as required; and new programs starting on or before Jan. 1, 2021.

In October, Lethbridge City Council unanimously approved Round 1 of funding allocations for the Lethbridge Community Wellbeing and Safety Strategy (CWSS), providing almost $6 million to community agencies for an integrated investment framework combining municipal, provincial and federal funding.