The City of Wetaskiwin is continuing to look for long-term solutions for its homeless population.

At the Wetaskiwin Regional Chamber of Commerce meeting May 14, Mayor Tyler Gandam said the emergency shelter set up over the winter was helpful to many, but it has been closed now that the weather is warmer,

“It was a long and bitter winter for most of us, but none more so than for those who struggled to find shelter.”

In light of this reality, he said, the City opened an emergency shelter on Feb 5, mere hours after finding out they had received $40,000 in grant funding from the province to do so. A report outlining how the funding was used will be made available once it is complete he said.

The emergency shelter was open continuously from 7 p.m. until 8 a.m. every day from Feb. 5 until April 30.