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The Saskatoon Tribal Council said it would try to “take over” and open a second shelter. No details are available on a transition plan for Lighthouse services.

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Dozens of emergency shelter beds are set to close in Saskatoon as Lighthouse Supported Living Inc. prepares to downsize its emergency shelter unit.

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CTV News reported earlier that the approximately 60-bed unit is expected to close at the end of this week. Lighthouse co-CEO Jerome Hepfner confirmed in an email to the StarPhoenix that this was the result of a decision by the provincial government to withdraw funding from the nonprofit.

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The lighthouse has for years operated services for the vulnerable from a high-rise tower at 304 Second Ave. S. These have included a living center with longer term support and an emergency shelter. In total, the building houses more than 200 people each night between different programs, according to the Lighthouse website.

The province’s decision to cancel its support came after a turbulent time for the nonprofit.

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Earlier this year, city fire inspectors identified some 40 fire code violations in the Lighthouse building. Then the board members kicked out executive director Don Windels, causing a public dispute between the board and Lighthouse members.

The public later learned that Windels’ withdrawal came after an investigation revealed he had benefited from personal loans obtained from the lighthouse.

The problems prompted Social Services Minister Gene Makowsky to announce in a June 30 radio talk show that the department planned to cancel its funding. A ministry spokesperson later confirmed that the decision resulted from issues with “governance, management and financial controls” at the lighthouse.

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Makowsky had previously pledged to find new locations for ministry-funded services at the Lighthouse. As of early Monday afternoon, no details were available on a transition plan for any of those services.

Since late last year, the Saskatoon Tribal Council has operated 75 emergency shelter beds at a wellness center it manages in a city-owned building on First Avenue North. This program recently received a funding commitment of $3.5 million from the province.

Tribal leader Mark Arcand said he hopes to have an announcement in the coming weeks on the opening of a second accommodation, adding that his organization will do everything in its power to “take over” left by the loss of the lighthouse beds as more people struggle to make ends meet.

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“That number is growing rapidly,” Arcand said. “Right now people are choosing between paying electricity, paying rent or buying food for their children.”

Arcand has previously said STC wants this planned second location in a residential area outside of the city center and hopes to use it for healthier people who are about to be able to move into permanent housing. In the longer term, STC is still looking for a permanent replacement for the current temporary location on First Avenue, which is expected to be in a building near 20th Street and L Avenue South.

Saskatoon Mayor Charlie Clark said it was essential the province replace the lighthouse’s displaced programs. He called on nonprofits and the government to work together on a “continuum of care” to get people out of emergency shelters and into stable housing.

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“It’s not up to the city of Saskatoon to deliver these programs, but it’s very important that we have these programs in place,” he said.

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President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. Approves Major Disaster Declaration for Alaska https://grantstation-trendtrack.com/president-joseph-r-biden-jr-approves-major-disaster-declaration-for-alaska/ Sat, 24 Sep 2022 14:54:41 +0000 https://grantstation-trendtrack.com/president-joseph-r-biden-jr-approves-major-disaster-declaration-for-alaska/

WASHINGTON – FEMA today announced that federal disaster assistance has been made available to the State of Alaska to supplement recovery efforts by states, tribes and local communities in areas affected by a violent storm, floods and landslides from September 15 to 20.

The President’s action makes federal funding available to those affected in the regional school attendance areas of Bering Strait, Kashunamiut, Lower Kuskokwim and Lower Yukon.

Help can include grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-interest loans to cover uninsured property losses, and other programs to help individuals and business owners recover. of the effects of the disaster.

Residents and business owners who have suffered losses in designated areas can begin seeking assistance at www.DisasterAssistance.gov, by calling 800-621-FEMA (3362), or by using the FEMA app . Anyone using a relay service, such as video relay service (VRS), captioned telephone service, or others, can give FEMA the number for that service.

Federal funding is also available to eligible state, tribal, and local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations on a cost-sharing basis for emergency protective measures in Bering Strait Regional School Attendance Areas, Kashunamiut, Lower Kuskokwim and Lower Yukon.

Federal funding is available on a cost-share basis for risk mitigation measures statewide.

Timothy Manner has been appointed Federal Coordinating Officer for Federal Recovery Operations in affected areas. Additional designations may be made later.

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Senior US official visits Sri Lanka to strengthen strategic ties https://grantstation-trendtrack.com/senior-us-official-visits-sri-lanka-to-strengthen-strategic-ties/ Thu, 22 Sep 2022 05:57:42 +0000 https://grantstation-trendtrack.com/senior-us-official-visits-sri-lanka-to-strengthen-strategic-ties/

Earlier this month, the head of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Samantha Power, paid a three-day official visit to Sri Lanka, allegedly to provide humanitarian aid to farmers and other people seriously affected by the worsening economic crisis in the country. The real purpose of his visit, however, was to strengthen Washington’s strategic influence in Sri Lanka.

USAID Administrator Samantha Power, right, speaks as U.S. Ambassador to Sri Lanka Julie Chung speaks during a press conference in Colombo, Sri Lanka on Sunday, 11 September 2022. [AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena]

Power’s trip came just after President Ranil Wickremesinghe’s government signed a staff-level deal with the International Monetary Fund to impose harsh austerity measures on the masses in exchange for a $2,000 emergency loan. $9 billion. It also came as Wickremesinghe faces mounting opposition from workers, youth and the rural masses, following the months-long mass popular uprising against unbearable social conditions that forced his predecessor, Gotabhaya Rajapakse, to resign.

Referring to Power’s visit, the USAID webpage said, “The United States is committed to addressing the urgent and intermediate needs facing Sri Lankans and to supporting a return to stability, and strengthen USAID support for inclusive development that promotes human rights, democracy, and good governance”.

Power, who shed crocodile tears over “the severe challenges” facing Sri Lankans, had discussions with small-scale farmers and sharecroppers, as well as women heads of households and their poor children. This was to “hear directly from you, Sri Lankans, the serious economic circumstances you are facing”, she said.

Anyone who believes that Power is a living angel flying to Colombo to alleviate the poverty that afflicts most Sri Lankans is seriously mistaken. Power is a conscious representative of US imperialism that has deliberately allowed COVID-19 to kill over a million Americans and is recklessly escalating war with Russia in Ukraine, which could lead to the nuclear annihilation of humanity.

Under false pretenses of preserving “democracy” and defending “human rights”, the United States has devastated the lives of millions of people, including countless children, through its endless military interventions and wars in Middle East and elsewhere over the past three decades. Wherever it intervenes, Washington’s posture on “poverty”, “human rights”, “democracy” and “good governance” serves to camouflage the ruthless predatory geopolitical interests of US imperialism.

In Colombo, Power announced $40 million to provide fertilizer to one million farmers, or $40 per farmer, and $20 million in additional aid to 5.7 million people. These are miniscule amounts compared to the more than $50 billion in military equipment and aid granted by the Biden administration to the Ukrainian government for the war against Russia.