Representatives with a new program in the Quad Counties say their goal is to reduce homelessness.
Dale Bogle, the coordinator of A Roof Over Your Head, says they’re serving people in Antigonish and Guysborough Counties after they received $100,000 in federal funding.
He says there are homelessness issues in every rural region of the province.
Bogle tells The Hawk the financial contribution will be dispersed.
“Funding can help with client services, programming, to find locations to help get people into housing,” he says. “Otherwise, it deals with some of the issues.”
Bogle says community members would be part of a structured interviewed at the start.
He says it’s a tall task moving forward.
“We still have lots of work to do- we have to work with a lot of partners,” he says. “We do have the assessment, the intake phase for people that are homeless- every case would be different.”
Bogle says they’ll consider strategies to help those in need following their research.
He says finances, food instability, transportation gaps and involvement in the criminal justice system are some of the main reasons for homelessness, but other things stem from that.
Bogle says it’s important to provide coverage, but it will also help get people motivated and rebuild life skills.
He says their long-term goal is to establish a shelter in the area.