Last March, Red Deer was promised a $7 million, 120-bed emergency homeless shelter by the then NDP Government of Alberta.

That funding was not included in the UCP’s first budget tabled Thursday.

Mayor Tara Veer reiterated there is a need for 24/7 shelter in our city.

Kath Hoffman, executive director at Safe Harbour Society, appreciates the mayor’s comments but is nonetheless disappointed with the lack of funding.

“We’ve been trying to get the resources we need for shelter for 14 years, and the crisis that we’re experiencing right now has just stretched us beyond our capacity. The bandaid resources we’ve had to apply have fallen off,” Hoffman said.