NORTHWEST TERRITORIES – Homeless men in Yellowknife will have a ray of hope in a new transitional centre supported by DIAVIK DIAMOND MINES and the CITY OF YELLOWKNIFE. The facility will be located in the old fire hall next to the Salvation Army on Franklin Avenue. Diavik’s contribution will be approximately $250,000 in cash and services. The mining company will also act as construction manager.
The new facility will be known as Bailey House, named for Reverend Gordon and Ruth Bailey who regularly opened their own home in Yellowknife to people needing a safe, warm place to sleep. Rev. and Mrs. Bailey died in 1996 within a month of each other. Bailey House will offer services beyond those offered at emergency shelters by assisting homeless male clients seeking to make the transition to permanent community residence.
The new facility will be governed by the Yellowknife Homelessness Coalition, which includes federal, territorial, aboriginal and municipal governments, as well as various agencies and NGOs. Construction costs, expected to top $3.0 million, will be partially met by the National Homelessness Initiative ($1.2 million), the Community Capacity Building Fund ($1.5 million) and the NWT Housing Corp. ($200,000). Additional fundraising is planned to meet additional construction costs and to furnish the shelter.
For more information or to make a donation, contact Diavik’s Tom Hoefer at 867-669-6500, Yellowknife’s Dayle Handy at 867-669-3409 or the Yellowknife Homeless Coalition’s Lydia Bardak at 867-445-6845.