Celebration salutes emergency shelter renovations



    SAULT STE. MARIE, ON, June 21 /CNW/ - Women and their children in the
Algoma District, celebrated the completion of much needed renovations to the
Women In Crisis (Algoma) Inc. emergency shelter. Today's event featured tours
of the shelter for community leaders and agency networks.
    This housing project received federal funding of $122,226 through Canada
Mortgage and Housing Corporation's (CMHC) Shelter Enhancement Program.
    "Canada's New Government is proud to help provide safe and supportive
housing to vulnerable women in Sault Ste. Marie," said the Honourable Tony
Clement, Minister of Health and Member of Parliament for Parry Sound-Muskoka,
on behalf of the Honourable Monte Solberg, Minister of Human Resources and
Social Development, and Minister Responsible for Canada Mortgage and Housing
Corporation. "This funding is helping the Women In Crisis (Algoma) Inc.
shelter give women and children hope, dignity and a path to a safer, better
and stronger future."
    "On behalf of all of the women and children in Sault Ste. Marie and the
Algoma District who use our facilities, the board and staff members of Women
In Crisis (Algoma) Inc. would like to thank the generosity of Canada Mortgage
and Housing Corporation for its support in helping to end violence and abuse
through shelter enhancement," said Dale Kenney, Director of Community
Relations and Finance of Women In Crisis (Algoma) Inc.
    "Our vision is to live in a society free of all forms of abuse and
violence towards women and children," added Norma Elliott, Director of
Programs and Staff.
    Women In Crisis (Algoma) Inc. provides safe, confidential, and empowering
assistance to women and their children who have been or are being affected by
abuse and, or violence.
    CMHC's Shelter Enhancement Program offers financial assistance for the
repair, rehabilitation and improvement of existing shelters for victims of
family violence, as well as the acquisition or construction of new shelters
and second stage housing where needed.

    Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) has been Canada's national
housing agency for more than 60 years. CMHC is committed to helping Canadians
access a wide choice of quality, affordable homes and making vibrant and
sustainable communities and cities a reality across the country. For more
information, visit www.cmhc.ca or call 1-800-668-2642.





For further information:

For further information: Dale Kenney, Women in Crisis (Algoma) Inc.,
(705) 759-1230; Tracy Wells, Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, (416)
254-8595


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