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Lloydminster Interval Home wants domestic violence shelter dollars

Domestic violence shelters across Alberta are struggling to pay bills with budgets written for 2015 dollars, indicates the Lloydminster Interval Home Society.

The Lloydminster shelter says in a release that it has to turn away seven women and children per day who need help.

As MyLloydminsterNow reported in March, CEO Angela Rooks-Trotzuk pointed out that shelters had not received an operational increase in 15 years and the Alberta budget did not address that issue.

The organization calls on all politicians to stand up to address gender-based violence citing that “two-thirds of people in Canada know a woman who has experienced physical, sexual, or emotional abuse.” 

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Using its own funds, in 2018/2019, the LIHS increased its beds from 21 to 33. Officials note that demand for services is up with a 22 per cent rise in people needing the help of the local shelter. 

As Alberta politicians come door knocking ahead of the May 29 vote, insufficient spaces for people in need and inadequate funding are being raised by the Lloydminster shelter. 

Officials at LIHS are asking voters to take up these matters with the candidates who aspire to serve.

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