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City Council Approves Support to The Humanity Project


February 14, 2017 

MONCTON – Moncton City Council voted in favour of providing long-term support for The Humanity Project during a Special Public Council meeting held today. 
 
The City has approved a long-term grant of $25,000-a-year under the Quality of Life Grant Program to The Humanity Project for a period of ten years for the purpose of operating a community food program.
 
“The Humanity Project has done great work in our community and City Council has consistently supported their primary goal of reducing poverty”, said Mayor Dawn Arnold. “Today’s recommendation, we believe, will help them work towards this important community goal.”
 
The Humanity Project made a request to City Council in 2016 for a $200,000 loan to purchase the former Moncton Curlers’ Association (MCA) at 358 Lutz Street. Their purpose is to address poverty in the community and among these they operate a food program, clothing and children's items service and support to some of the City's most vulnerable citizens. 
 
Significant safety and public health risks associated with renovating the more than 60-year-old MCA building made it very difficult for City Council to approve such a project. As such, the group will be using the funds to explore alternate locations in the city to continue their vision.

“Regular discussions have taken place between the City and The Humanity Project to find a solution to assist their social programs that are aimed towards poverty reduction in the community.” said Jocelyn Cohoon, Director of Parks and Leisure Services. "As a significant amount of public money was requested, due diligence by City staff was required. As a result, this funding will further the goal of poverty reduction and aligns with the City’s Social Inclusion Plan approved by City Council in April, 2016."

"City Council believes that this funding will help address some of the challenges of those in need. There is still much work to be done, however, with the leadership of The Humanity Project, with many other community organizations we have in our community, I am certain that Moncton will become a leader in poverty reduction here in the province," added Mayor Arnold.

This 10-year commitment to The Humanity Project brings the City of Moncton’s total funding for a wide variety of food programs to $160,000 a year.

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INFORMATION:
Isabelle LeBlanc, Director
Communications, City of Moncton
506-853-3592 / Isabelle.leblanc@moncton.ca