Campaign launched by North Central Family Centre to help support affordable housing | West Observer

May 2, 2024 | by magnews24.com

The North Central Family Centre has launched a capital campaign called ‘Hopes and Dreams’ to fundraise for the remaining balance of a new affordable housing complex and community hub. The co-chair of the campaign, Doug McNair, stated that they need to raise $4 million through individual donations, businesses, community support, fundraising activities, and events. The project has secured $8.5 million in grants, making it a $12 million investment in the North Central community.

Federal ministers attended a funding announcement at the construction site of the new North Central Family Centre housing complex and community hub. The project is supported by $6.6 million through the federal rapid housing initiative. The executive director of the organization, Kim Wenger, announced a new name for the complex, Orange Buffalo Lodge, which was chosen during a sweat ceremony at Carry The Kettle. The name represents protection, provision, and a place for people to gather and heal.

The Saskatchewan Minister of Social Services, Gene Makowsky, emphasized the importance of the project in providing a nurturing and safe environment for the community. He highlighted the need for collaboration between all levels of government and the community to create a safe and inclusive environment where everyone feels welcomed and valued. Bringing essential services under one roof improves access to basic needs and support networks for residents. The Orange Buffalo Lodge is expected to be completed later this year.

The Hopes and Dreams capital campaign aims to raise $4 million to complete the funding for the North Central Family Centre housing complex and community hub. The project has already secured $8.5 million in grants, making it a $12 million investment in the North Central community. The complex will provide affordable housing and a community hub for residents in North Central, offering a safe and inclusive environment where individuals can access essential services and support networks.

The federal government has provided $6.6 million in support through the rapid housing initiative for the North Central Family Centre project. This funding will help to ensure the completion of the housing complex and community hub, which will serve as a place for individuals to gather, heal, and access necessary resources. The project is a collaborative effort between government, community organizations, and individuals to create a nurturing and safe environment for the North Central community.

The executive director of the North Central Family Centre, Kim Wenger, announced the new name for the housing complex, Orange Buffalo Lodge, which symbolizes protection, provision, and a gathering place for healing. The Saskatchewan Minister of Social Services, Gene Makowsky, emphasized the importance of the project in providing a safe and inclusive environment for residents. The Orange Buffalo Lodge is expected to be completed later this year, providing affordable housing and essential services for the North Central community.

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