CAYU Executive Director Jerel Peters, City of Lacombe Deputy Mayor Thalia Hibbs, CAYU Housing Director Penny Ure and City of Lacombe Affordable Housing Committee Chair Outi Kite are participating in a ribbon-cutting at the new housing project. (Alannah Page/Lacombe Express)

CAYU Executive Director Jerel Peters, City of Lacombe Deputy Mayor Thalia Hibbs, CAYU Housing Director Penny Ure and City of Lacombe Affordable Housing Committee Chair Outi Kite are participating in a ribbon-cutting at the new housing project. (Alannah Page/Lacombe Express)

Yu-Turn affordable youth housing project opens in Lacombe

The home will house three young women at a time along with two volunteer mentors.

The Central Alberta Youth Unlimited (CAYU) unveiled a new affordable housing project that will help at-risk youth in Lacombe. The project, called Yu-Turn, will be able to house up to three young women and two mentors at a time.

The program involves giving youth shelter, support and the skills they need to be successful community contributors. This includes giving each participant a personalized development plan that will see them set and reach their goals.

The mentors are a volunteer position, and they move into the home to serve as a guide for living a productive lifestyle. The mentors have jobs and responsibilities that they attend to all while living and participating in programs with the youth.

This new housing program is for young women ages 16-24 who may be experiencing homelessness, battling drug addiction, struggling to complete school or maintain employment or want to become more independent.

Penny Ure, the Housing Director for CAYU, said that the program accepts people who are committed to growth and positive change.

“This will offer many youths some hope and be able to provide them with future life skills,” said Ure.

CAYU also operates a boy’s home in Lacombe that has space for two youth and two mentors. In her speech, Ure talked about the success of one of the male youths from the home who was able to accomplish goals like finding employment and obtaining his driver’s license.

“Our house mentors and youth workers spoke truth to him and reminded him he is worthy of a good life,” said Ure.

The project was made possible with help from the City of Lacombe and the Affordable Housing Committee. The city donated around $80,000 to go towards the down payment of the home. The money came from both city and provincial funds.

CAYU raised $300,000 to go towards the purchase of the $400,000 home. They are currently trying to raise the remaining $20,000.

Outi Kite is the Chair for the Affordable Housing Committee and was part of the team that recommended the Yu-Turn project to the city council.

Kite said the home is needed in the city and is thankful the city accepted the committee’s recommendation.

“I love what was said earlier about this home being a place of hope and wholeness and I believe that’s what it will offer today,” said Kite.

Living expenses for those in the program vary depending on each person’s situation. Some people are able to pay for their own room and board through grants or wages but those who can’t will receive support from CAYU.

According to Ure, youth enrolled in the program typically stay for a year in the house but can stay as long as they need.

Youth who are interested in applying can do so by filling out the form online or by getting in contact with a homeless shelter or social worker.

CAYU is also seeking donations from the community that will go towards covering living expenses and operating costs for the home. Those who are interested in donating can get in contact with Penny.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

File photo
Gov’t of Alberta identifies estimated 300 new COVID-19 cases Sunday

Online COVID-19 dashboard unavailable as upgrades being completed

(File photo)
Town’s outdoor skating facilities closing down

Trail extension announced for the summer

COVID
Red Deer down to 313 active cases of COVID-19

Alberta reports an additional 411 COVID-19 cases

THE CANADIAN PRESS/Alex Panetta
Economists “cautiously hopeful” for economic recovery in Alberta

Charles St. Arnaud says Alberta’s recovery will rebound along with roll-out of the COVID-19 vaccine

Elvira D’Angelo, 92, waits to receive her COVID-19 vaccination shot at a clinic in Montreal, Sunday, March 7, 2021, as the COVID-19 pandemic continues in Canada and around the world. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes
‘It’s been a good week’: Tam hopeful on vaccines as pandemic anniversary nears

Tam says the addition of two new vaccines will help Canadians get immunized faster

Kiara Robillard is seen in an undated handout photo. When the pandemic began, Robillard had to rush back home to Alberta from California, where she had been living for five years, after she was struck by a truck that broke her spine in two places. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Kiara Robillard, *MANDATORY CREDIT*
‘It kind of clicks:’ Text4Hope program helps with depression, anxiety during pandemic

Participants receive one text message every morning for three months

(The Canadian Press)
‘Worse than Sept. 11, SARS and financial crisis combined’: Tourism industry in crisis

Travel services saw the biggest drop in active businesses with 31 per cent fewer firms operating

Hockey hall-of-fame legend Wayne Gretzky, right, watches the casket of his father, Walter Gretzky, as it is carried from the church during a funeral service in Brantford, Ont., Saturday, March 6, 2021. HE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
Walter Gretzky remembered as a man with a ‘heart of gold’ at funeral

The famous hockey father died Thursday at age 82 after battling Parkinson’s disease

Supporters rally outside court as Pastor James Coates of GraceLife Church is in court to appeal bail conditions, after he was arrested for holding day services in violation of COVID-19 rules, in Edmonton, Alta., on Thursday March 4, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson
‘Law remains valid:’ Pastor accused of violating health orders to remain in jail

The Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms is representing the pastor

A decommissioned pumpjack is shown at a well head on an oil and gas installation near Cremona, Alta., Saturday, Oct. 29, 2016. The Alberta Energy Regulator says it is suspending all of the licences held by an oil and gas producer with more than 2,200 wells and 2,100 pipelines after it failed to bring its operations into compliance. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
Alberta Energy Regulator suspends licences of oil and gas producer that owes $67M

The company is being asked to comply with past orders to clean up historic spills and contamination

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau holds a press conference in Ottawa Friday, March 5, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Trudeau holds firm on premiers’ health-care funding demands, COVID-19 aid comes first

Premiers argue that the current amount doesn’t keep pace with yearly cost increases of about five per cent

Seniors in the 65-unit Piper Creek Lodge are among those waiting for COVID-19 vaccinations. (File photo by Advocate staff)
Central Alberta senior lodges anxiously waiting for COVID-19 vaccinations

“Should be at the front of the line, not the back of the line”

Most Read