The provincial government is sending the City of Terrace $112,000 so it can continue to employ one of its complement of security officers hired to deal with street people and associated anti-social behaviour within the downtown core.
Information from the city indicates $85,000 of the total will be used for its downtown security officer for the period of July 2022 to July 2023.
Remaining monies will be used to place more portable toilets in the downtown as a response to one of the more pressing issues, that being the lack of public washroom facilities.
The official title of the grant is “Terrace Reinforcing Homelessness Resilience Initiative – Bridging Supports.”
The money, announced in August, is part of $15 million being sent to 44 communities for a variety of projects responding to homelessness and its effects.
That’s in addition to $76 million distributed last year to communities and First Nations.
In addition to the downtown security position, the city this summer hired two people for four months from May to August as bylaw officers to assist its fulltime bylaw officer and downtown officer.
The city’s bylaw and downtown officers provide people they encounter with information about local social services in addition to curtailing anti-social behaviours such as public drinking.