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Posted on: November 4, 2020

City's Affordable Housing Strategy leads to Yu-Turn Girls Home

Yu-Turn Girls House

The City of Lacombe and Central Alberta Youth Unlimited (CAYU) are excited to announce the opening of a Yu-Turn Girls Supportive Housing project in Lacombe.

The Yu-Turn Home provides a skill development program for young people ages 16-22 who require and desire support and encouragement to become holistically healthy, fully independent, community contributors.

Within a community environment, participants journey through a personalized development plan with the support of a house mentor, youth workers, and community partners. Built on the premise of change through choice - this relationship-based program seeks to see the hope and wholeness realized in the community's young people.

“We are thrilled that our community has come along side YU-Turn to help us provide a safe, loving home for youth at risk. Together we are empowering our youth by loving them and investing in their future,” Penny Ure, housing director for Central Alberta Youth.

The City of Lacombe's Affordable Housing Strategy directed $80,000 towards the $400,000 facility. CAYU has since raised an additional $300,000, leaving only $20,000 remaining on the facility's mortgage.

"It was an easy choice to recommend capital funding towards a supportive housing project that offers hope and opportunity to younger residents in Lacombe," Affordable Housing Committee Chair Outi Kite said.

The City of Lacombe's contribution to the project includes both City and Government Alberta funding.

"City Council is pleased to see this funding directed towards needed, sustainable housing options in our community," Mayor Grant Creasey said. "It is great to see an organization like CAYU invest in young people who deserve the best chance to succeed in Lacombe.

CAYU is continuing to fundraise for the facility's mortgage. They are also looking for community partners to provide funds for monthly programming.

Additionally, community partnerships and volunteers are needed to assist with employment and skill development programming.

To learn more about the program or to support Yu-Turn, contact Penny Ure at

For additional information, contact:

Todd Vaughan
Communications and Community Engagement Coordinator
(403)782-1236 office
(403)877-4394 cell

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