Government of Canada celebrates the completion of renovations of Unity Project



    LONDON, ON, June 25 /CNW/ - Representatives from the Government of Canada
and the Unity Project for Relief of Homelessness joined today to celebrate the
completion of renovations of a 10-unit transitional housing complex and a
43-bed shelter. These housing units will provide support services to
residents, helping them to develop new skills and turn a new page in their
lives.
    Ed Holder, Member of Parliament for London-West, on behalf of the
Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development
Canada and Minister Responsible for Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation
(CMHC), and Charlene Lazenby, General Manager and founding member of the Unity
Project for Relief of Homelessness in London, attended the ceremony.
    "The Government of Canada is committed to making affordable housing
available in Ontario and across Canada for those who need it most," said MP Ed
Holder. "These projects are helping men and women in London access safe and
suitable housing, and build a stronger future for themselves."
    Through CMHC, the Government of Canada provided $166,663 towards the
10-unit project and $95,410 towards the 43-bed project, under the Shelter
Enhancement Program. This program assists in repairing, rehabilitating and
improving existing shelters for women and their children, youth or men who are
victims of family violence, and provides financial assistance for the
acquisition or construction of new shelters and second-stage housing where
needed.
    "We are deeply grateful for the generous support received allowing us to
make our unique property an effective facility for emergency shelter and our
transitional housing programs," said Charlene Lazenby, General Manager and
founding member of the Unity Project for Homelessness in London.
    Since 2001, the Unity Project has provided at-risk individuals with
emergency shelter and transitional housing. The shelter's employees work with
each resident to establish a personal action plan to help bring stability and
independence in their life.
    As Canada's national housing agency, CMHC draws on more than 60 years of
experience to help Canadians access a variety of quality, environmentally
sustainable and affordable homes - homes that will continue to create vibrant,
healthy communities and cities across the country.
    Last fall, the Government of Canada committed more than $1.9 billion over
the next five years to improve and build new affordable housing and to help
the homeless. Canada's Economic Action Plan builds on this with an additional
one-time investment of more than $2 billion over two years in new and existing
social housing and lending of up to another $2 billion to municipalities for
housing-related infrastructure.





For further information:

For further information: Michelle Bakos, Press Secretary, Office of
Minister Finley, Tel.: (819) 994-2482; Leslie Pawlowski, CMHC, Consultant,
Communications and Marketing, (416) 250-3297, (416) 250-3298; Silvia Langer,
Unity Project for Relief of Homelessness in London, Fundraising and
Communications Coordinator, (519) 433-8809; or visit: www.cmhc.ca,
www.unityproject.ca


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