The Fort St. John Friendship Society will be getting 65 thousand dollars in funding to run the Aboriginal Homeless Outreach Program.

Housing and Social Development Minister Rich Coleman made the announcement on Thursday. He says the Province wants to provide Aboriginal people who are homeless with culturally-appropriate supports and services to help them find safe, affordable housing.

Since the program began in 2006, approximately 4,600 people have been connected to housing and supports across B.C.

Through the Aboriginal Homeless Outreach Program, outreach workers help Aboriginal people living on the streets reconnect with their culture and provide them with access to stable housing, income assistance and community-based support services.

With the addition of Fort St. John, the Aboriginal Homeless Outreach Program has been expanded to nine cities across British Columbia.

The funding will cover operational and administrative program costs and will provide a homeless outreach worker along with mobile outreach beginning in April 2009. The Fort St. John Friendship Society is a community-based organization that provides a variety of quality programs and services to Fort St. John and surrounding area residents.