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Homeless Count Conducted In Red Deer

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By Sheldon Spackman

As part of it’s strategy to end homelessness, the City Of Red Deer conducted it’s third Point In Time Homeless Count on Wednesday night. Officials say more than 250 volunteers took part in the count, using the same methodology that was used during the last one done in 2014, where it was found there were 137 people in Red Deer considered to be homeless. This year’s results however won’t be available until later this fall.

The process saw volunteers canvass nearly every neighbourhood in the city, asking people on the street if they had a permanent residence to return to. People experiencing homelessness and staying in an emergency shelter, safe house, detox centre, remand centre, or the Red Deer Regional Hospital were enumerated and/or surveyed Wednesday night as well.

People who agreed to participate were asked to answer a 16-question survey that addressed a number of factors including reasons for and frequency of homelessness, source of income, shelter use, Aboriginal status and education.

City officials hope the information they gather will help them see how the population changes over time, so planning for programs and services can be improved and they can measure the progress they’re making as well. Six other Alberta cities are also making similar counts of the homeless in their communities, including Calgary, Edmonton, Lethbridge, the Municipality of Wood Buffalo, Medicine Hat and Grande Prairie.

Everyone’s Home: Red Deer’s Five Year Plan to End Homelessness 2014 – 2015 sets out a target of ending homelessness by the end of 2018, meaning that a person presenting to the system should be housed within 28 days.

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City of Red Deer survey says 93% of Red Deerians say life is good.. 50% concerned with crime rates

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Red Deerians happy with quality of life but crime is top concern

Ninety-three per cent of Red Deerians say their overall quality of life is good or very good and overall satisfaction with municipal services remains high, according to the 2019 Citizen Satisfaction Survey released today.

“Red Deer is consistently described as a beautiful and friendly city with numerous amenities and an expansive trail system that citizens cite year after year as reasons why quality of life here is so good,” said Allan Seabrooke, City Manager. “Like any growing city, Red Deer is facing significant challenges, particularlyin regards to crime and social issues and these issues are top priority for The City.”

Eighty-three per cent of respondents said they receive very good or fairly good value for tax dollars. When asked about how The City should balance taxation and service delivery levels, 47 per cent of respondents supported increasing taxes, while 41 per cent of respondents favoured cutting services.

When asked about the change in quality of life, 15 per cent of respondents said things have improved, attributing a well-managed municipality, job opportunities and enjoyment of living in Red Deer for the increase. For those who said their quality of life had remained the same (43 per cent), or worsened (41 per cent), crime, unemployment and social issues were identified as the top reasons.

From the survey, the top issues facing our community are crime (50 per cent), social issues (23 per cent) and transportation (14 per cent).

“This annual survey is one tool City Council uses to identify and respond to citizens’ priorities,” said Mayor Tara Veer. “Crime has doubled in importance for Red Deerians this year compared to last year, and this issue will continue to remain City Council’s top priority until we see substantial improvements in the crimeand social challenges our community is contending with.”

Roads were identified as the highest priority for residents in terms of infrastructure (76 per cent), followed by water treatment facilities (69 per cent), recreation facilities (43 per cent), wastewater treat ment facilities (43 per cent), and the transit system (38 per cent).

The Citizen Satisfaction Survey was conducted over the phone by Ipsos Public Affairs between May 13 and 24, 2019, with a randomly selected sample of 300 Red Deer residents aged 18 years or older; 30 per cent of interviews were conducted on cell phones. The margin of error is +/-5.7%, 19 times out of 20.

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Police make arrest after fires in Eastview’s Terrace Park

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Terrace Park Vehicle Fire

Post from Red Deer RCMP.      Photos Contributed by Glenn Rhodes to Facebook

Red Deer RCMP arrest man for arson after vehicles fires

A Red Deer man is facing arson charges after two vehicles were set on fire early this morning.

At 3:25 a.m. Red Deer RCMP and Red Deer Emergency Services were called to an address in Terrace Park for a vehicle on fire. A short time later, at 4:15 a.m., they responded to a call for another vehicle on fire at a separate address in Terrace Park.

Residents were briefly evacuated from their homes, but there were no injuries.

RCMP have arrested a 43-year old male in connection with the fires. RCMP and Red Deer Emergency Services continue to investigate.

Terrace Park vehicle fire

 

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