Barrie Transitional Housing completes renovations



    BARRIE, ON, Dec. 18 /CNW/ - Women and children recovering from abusive
and violent relationships in Simcoe County are benefiting from the completion
of several renovations to the Samaritan House Community Ministries (SHCM)
Transition House.
    The federal government has provided $48,000 through Canada Mortgage and
Housing Corporation's Shelter Enhancement Program to renovate the house.
    "Our government is proud to help provide safe and supportive housing to
women and their children who are experiencing family violence," said MP
Patrick Brown, Member of Parliament for Barrie, on behalf of the Honourable
Monte Solberg, Minister of Human Resources and Social Development. "This
funding is helping Transition House give women living in Barrie hope, dignity
and a path to a safer, better and stronger future."
    Transition House is a two-unit duplex with a total of five bedrooms. The
funding was used to undertake several renovations including new bathrooms,
flooring, a new furnace, lighting and more.
    "Samaritan House Community Ministries - Simcoe County is extremely
grateful for the tremendous support provided by the Government of Canada,"
said Astrid Wilcox, SHCM Executive Director. "Transition House opened its
doors in 2005 allowing women and children recovering from abuse and violence
and who have left a shelter, to acquire long term, affordable, furnished
housing with support services for up to one year," she added.
    "The work completed at SHCM's Transition House gave it a fresh, new look
as well as improving the comfort and safety of the house. The new furnace,
electrical upgrades, lighting, and flooring greatly improved the quality of
the living space. I was delighted with the new bathroom space and the
improvements to the kitchen. All of the changes were very well done and very
much appreciated," said Gary Page, SHCM Board Member.
    The Shelter Enhancement Program offers financial assistance for the
repair, rehabilitation and improvement of existing shelters for women and
their children, youth or men who are victims of family violence, as well as
for the acquisition or construction of new shelters and second-stage housing
where needed.

    As Canada's national housing agency, Canada Mortgage and Housing
Corporation draws on over 60 years of experience to help Canadians access a
variety of quality, environmentally sustainable, and affordable homes - homes
that will continue to create vibrant and healthy communities and cities across
the country. For more information, visit www.cmhc.ca or call 1-800-668-2642.

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For further information:

For further information: Carlene Siopis, Canada Mortgage and Housing
Corporation, (416) 250-3297; Astrid Wilcox, Samaritan House - Barrie, (705)
720-7111


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