Alberta Municipal Affairs Minister Ray Danyluk will be flying to Toronto and New York Sunday to look into improving homelessness issues back home.
The four-day trip will see a four-member delegation visit with housing officials and operators in both major cities. Danyluk said both cities offer innovative programs that help homeless people move from temporary shelters into permanent housing.
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“These programs are successful in helping the homeless in these large cities, and we can learn a great deal from them as we address housing in Alberta,” said Danyluk in a release.
The delegation will meet with officials of New York’s 10-year housing plan — a $7.5-billion program that has built and preserved 165,000 affordable housing units over the next 10 years, impacting close to 500,000 people.
The trip will cost taxpayers $11,000, according to Alberta Municipal Affairs and Housing.