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Red Deer community groups are hoping the city is next in line for provincial funding to assist homeless and addicted citizens during the opioid crisis.

Lethbridge has received $11 million for a new permanent supportive housing facility for 42 homeless adults with complex issues such as substance abuse. For 11 years, the Buffalo has been Red Deer’s largest housing-first project providing permanent supportive accommodation to 39 people.

The Canadian Mental Health Association Central-Alberta Region provides services to the hard-to-house clients with addictions, mental illness or developmental issues. CMHA executive director Christine Stewart said a community partner has finally been found to build a new housing-first facility in Red Deer.