Okotoks to map out the effects of COVID-19 on housing and services

November 4, 2020

Okotoks to map out the effects of COVID-19 on housing and services

OKOTOKS, AB: The Okotoks Family Resource Centre (OFRC) is facilitating a collective effort to measure housing instability and service needs across the region.

OFRC’s participation is funded in part through the Government of Canada’s Reaching Home program, administered through the Alberta Rural Development Network (ARDN).

Along with 26 other rural Alberta communities, the Town of Okotoks will be collecting resident feedback from November 1 until November 30.

Residents can fill out the survey at:

  • Westwinds Communities
  • Okotoks Food Bank
  • High River FCSS
  • Black Diamond FCSS
  • Turner Valley FCSS
  • Foothills Community Immigrant Services
  • Rowan House
  • McMan Family Resource Network – Okotoks
  • Okotoks Family Resource Centre

All Foothills residents concerned about their housing situation are requested to participate in the survey.

With resident feedback, the survey will help identify the type and the number of homes currently needed in each community, the kind of services and resources needed, and how the pandemic has affected the ability to pay housing costs. .Data collected from the project will help the Town and local service providers better understand and address identified gaps within the community.

If participants wish, they can enter their contact information into a separate form for a chance to win one of ten - $20 Tim Hortons’ gift cards, or one of four $50 Sobeys’ gift cards

Contact the Okotoks Family Resource Centre for further information at 403-995-2626 or to fill the survey out online.

Learn More:

Rural Homelessness Estimation Project - 2018 Provincial Report: https://www.ardn.ca/publications/2018-rural-homelessness-estimation-project-rhep

Rural Homelessness Estimation Project - individual community summaries https://www.ardn.ca/publications/2018-rural-homelessness-estimation-project-rhep