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									                          housing project: media release


Banff, Alberta, (September 17th, 2008): For Immediate Release
The YWCA of Banff’s Housing Project is complete!

Details: The YWCA of Banff is pleased to announce the Housing Project has successfully been
completed! The Housing Project will provide 42 new safe, permanent affordable housing
units for entry level workers. The newly constructed addition to the YWCA of Banff’s existing
facilities has provided homes for 54 entry level workers in Banff. “The government of Alberta
is committed to creating 11,000 affordable housing spaces by 2012,” said Yvonne Fritz,
Minister of Housing and Urban Affairs. “The YWCA’s affordable housing development is an
excellent example of partnership and community leadership that helps to address local
housing needs.” The YWCA of Banff wishes to thank the entire community for its tremendous
support of the Housing Project!

“I am extremely proud to see after immense planning and preparation the completion of the
Housing Project. Entry level workers are the backbone of our community, which is why the
YWCA of Banff is dedicated to providing affordable housing for these hard working
individuals.” says YWCA of Banff’s Executive Director, Kerry-Lee Schultheis.

The Housing Project cost approximately $4.2 million, with $2.1 million in funding coming from
the government and $200,000 from the Town of Banff. The YWCA of Banff has borrowed and
raised the remaining funds, thus demonstrating its commitment to the project. Fund raising
efforts focused on grant writing, corporate and individual donations.

For nearly a century, the YWCA of Banff has been committed to addressing the urgent
housing issue through the provision of safe, affordable housing for low income residents and
entry level workers. In 2007, the YWCA of Banff embarked upon its Housing Project. With
over 14 years of planning, the project was officially launched to create 42 new, safe and
permanent affordable housing units in the Bow Valley.




The work of the YWCA of Banff builds a healthy community by helping to stop domestic
violence, providing affordable housing and by serving people at critical turning points.

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 About the YWCA of Banff: The YWCA of Banff has a dedicated history of providing safe,
 affordable housing to the residents of Banff. In 1910, under the auspices of the Calgary
 YWCA, and the guidance of the National YWCA, the YWCA of Banff opened its doors. It was in
 1988 that the YWCA of Banff became completely autonomous. Originally, the YWCA of Banff
 was solely focused on providing safe, affordable housing for industry workers in Banff. Since
 then the YWCA of Banff has expanded its services and mandate to meet the critical needs of
 community it resides in. These services include, but are not limited to; family violence issues,
 short term crisis intervention services, relief of immediate poverty, relationship counseling,
 emergency referral services.

 Media Contacts:

 Aysun Demir
 Director of Sales, Marketing & Resource Development
 YWCA of Banff
 102 Spray Avenue
 PO Box 520
 Banff, Alberta
 Phone: (403) 760-3201
 Fax: (403) 760-3202
 Email: aysun@ywcabanff.ab.ca

 Kerry-Lee Schultheis
 Executive Director
 YWCA of Banff
 102 Spray Avenue
 PO Box 520
 Banff, Alberta
 Phone: (403) 762-3560
 Fax: (403) 760-3202
 Email: kerrylee@ywcabanff.ab.ca




The work of the YWCA of Banff builds a healthy community by helping to stop domestic
violence, providing affordable housing and by serving people at critical turning points.

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