Habitat for Humanity pulls out of Multi-Agency Accommodation project (MAAP)

After council's recent decision regarding the MAAP project, Habitat has pulled out from the group

  • Mar. 26, 2015 5:00 a.m.

In a press release sent out today, Habitat for Humanity Southeast BC has announced that they will no longer be part of the Multi-Agency Accommodation Project (MAAP), which consists of Whispers of Hope and BETHS and is located on Riverside Drive.

Press Release:

Habitat for Humanity Southeast BC regrets to announce that it will no longer be involved with the Multi Agency Accommodation Project (MAAP). Grand Forks City Council`s decision to further delay their support has resulted in the collapse of the project funding. Their decision at the March 23rd Council meeting has meant that the thousands of volunteer hours and tens of thousands of dollars invested up to this time by Habitat and the MAAP partners has been lost. The larger loss to the community is that the inter-agency offices, transition housing units and a Restore at Riverside Dr. and the funding that would pay for their construction has been lost to the economy. In this age of downloading of social services by governments, this was the best hope to utilize the dwindling resources that had been secured through two years of negotiating.  It will be a significant period of time before our volunteer agencies will be able to assist the City of Grand Forks in meeting these challenges.

Nonetheless, HFHSEBC will continue to serve the people of the Boundary and the Kootenay region by organizing resources and volunteers to provide low cost housing to those who could not otherwise afford it. HFHSEBC will continue to operate a ReStore on Sagamore Road and will hopefully build a new one in another Kootenay community in the near future.  HFHSEBC will continue to look for government, corporate and individual partners to make the dream of homes for all a reality.

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