24/7 MAP team provides innovative, around-the-clock support to vulnerable Edmontonians

EDMONTON - REACH Edmonton and Homeward Trust are proud to announce a new partnership and launch of the 24/7 Mobile Assistance Program (MAP). The Bissell Centre will be implementing this innovative one-year pilot program with financial support from the City of Edmonton and the federal Homelessness Partnering Strategy, administered by REACH Edmonton and Homeward Trust. 24/7 MAP Media Launch? June 20, 10:00 - 11:00 a.m.? Bissell Centre, West Building, Second Floor? 10530 - 96 Street, Edmonton "We are excited to see 24/7 MAP direct vulnerable citizens in crisis toward the services they need, while reducing unnecessary reliance on costly emergency services such as police and emergency medical services," said Jan Fox, Executive Director of REACH Edmonton. "This will also connect people to the services that can address the root causes of vulnerability and homelessness." The 24/7 MAP team will work closely with police, emergency services and other first responders to connect vulnerable citizens to community and government-based services that address the underlying causes of crises. Such causes include a lack of appropriate housing, addictions, mental/physical illness and poverty. This team started working in the community on April 30 and has assisted 97 people in 106 crisis interventions. Of these, six people are now in the process of accessing housing. "We are looking forward to seeing this team assist vulnerable people in addressing issues associated with housing instability," said Susan McGee, CEO of Homeward Trust. "We hope to see 24/7 MAP assist Edmonton's homeless population in finding safe, stable housing and the supports they need to maintain it." Bissell Centre CEO Mark Holmgren, EPS Chief Rod Knecht and Mayor Stephen Mandel will be available for interviews at the media launch, as well as REACH Community Initiatives Leader Lindsay Daniller, Homeward Trust CEO Susan McGee, MLA Dave Dorward and some members of the MAP team. For more information about this event please contact Marilyn Gray at (587) 991-3142. -30-