Search begins for developer to accommodate immediate housing needs in Slave Lake

Industry invited to implement housing project

SLAVE LAKE, AB, June 28, 2011 /CNW/ - The Town of Slave Lake is inviting developers to submit proposals to provide interim homes for residents.

The Town is looking for a company to acquire, install and manage up to 350 modular homes in Slave Lake to allow families who lost their homes in the wildfires to return to the community by the fall.

"This project provides a clear timeline for installing interim accommodations and is crucial to keeping our families here," said Slave Lake Mayor Karina Pillay-Kinnee. "Town Council is committed to working alongside the Municipal District of Lesser Slave River, the Sawridge First Nation, the Government of Alberta, the insurance companies and others in the private sector to help get families re-established by the time school starts in September."

The modular homes will be for displaced residents from both the Town of Slave Lake and the MD of Lesser Slave River. The site locations will be determined in the coming days.

"We have had an outpouring of support from the business community, wondering how they can help and what they can do," said Reeve Denny Garratt of the MD of Lesser Slave River. "I know developers will rise to the challenge for this project. Not just to show what they can do, but to support the residents of our region."

Fifty of the 350 interim homes were announced last week as part of the drive to get Slave Lake workers who are supporting community recovery efforts into longer-term temporary homes as quickly as possible. Along with over 50 other units previously announced for these workers this means over 400 homes for residents in and around Slave Lake.

"The Alberta government is committed to working with local leaders in the Slave Lake region to increase the supply of and access to housing," said Hector Goudreau, Minister of Municipal Affairs. "Government was there to help respond to the emergency and we will be there to assist them as they recover and rebuild their communities."

To ensure affordability for residents, the rental rates for the new accommodations will be $1,000/month for a two bedroom, $1,200/month for a three bedroom and $1,250/month for a four bedroom home. The monthly rent is based on 2010 market rates and will be paid by the residents living in the units. The Alberta government will provide a yet to be determined incentive to the successful proponent to ensure the project is viable.

The Request for Proposals (RFP) closes Friday, July 8. The proponent offering the best overall proposal will be awarded the contract on or before July 12.

This initiative is part of the community recovery plan being developed by the Regional Recovery Coordination Group, which includes the Town of Slave Lake, Municipal District of Lesser Slave River, the Sawridge First Nation and the Government of Alberta. As information becomes available, it will be posted online at www.slavelakerecovery.com.

SOURCE Alberta Public Affairs Bureau

For further information:

Media inquiries may be directed to:

John Sparks       Jerry Ward
Communications Lead       Communications
Slave Lake Recovery Operations     Alberta Municipal Affairs
403-660-8885       780-427-8862

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