New Affordable Rental Units for Women in St. John's



    ST. JOHN'S, NL, April 27 /CNW/ - In partnership with the federal and
provincial governments, the St. John's Status of Women Council (SJSWC) has
expanded its affordable housing stock for women in the City of John's. $65,000
in funding has been made available to the SJSWC to renovate their building on
Military Road, through the Residential Rehabilitation Assistance Program
(Rental) which, in Newfoundland and Labrador, is referred to as the Provincial
Home Repair Program (PHRP). RRAP/PHRP is a federal/provincial cost-shared
program.
    Senator Ethel Cochrane, on behalf of the Honourable Monte Solberg,
Minister of Human Resources and Social Development and Minister responsible
for Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, and the Honourable Shawn Skinner,
Minister of Human Resources, Labour and Employment and Minister Responsible
for Newfoundland Labrador Housing (Housing), made the announcement today.
    "Canada's New Government is pleased to work with the province and the
non-profit sector to provide funding for projects like this one, that address
the need for safe, affordable housing in St. John's," said Senator Ethel
Cochrane. "This joint funding of $65,000 is helping the St. John's Status of
Women Council give women a path to a better and stronger future."
    The SJSWC has been providing affordable rental housing for women over the
past ten years through their two-unit facility on Military Road. This funding
will make possible the conversion of the main floor into an additional rental
unit and will also enable them to complete necessary upgrades and repairs to
the two existing units.
    "It is very satisfying to be partners in a project that helps provide
people with a safe, secure environment," said Minister Skinner. "In the end,
such investments contribute significantly to individual dignity and help
develop strong, healthy and diverse communities."
    "This is an exciting next step for us, since we are transforming the
knowledge gained over the last decade of research on women's homelessness and
housing issues into concrete action," said Wendolyn Schlamp-Hickey,
Partnership Coordinator, Marguerite's Place (SJSWC). "Homelessness in St.
John's is largely a hidden problem, particularly among women who are often
marginally housed in places that are unsafe, crowded and unclean, or
'couch-surfing' in the homes of friends or relatives. The development of our
property reflects our commitment to women's housing, and this funding will
allow us to continue our ongoing work of improving housing conditions for
women in our city."
    The main floor of the Military Road building was formerly home to the St.
John's Women's Centre and the SJSWC offices; however, given the expansion of
programs and staff in the spring of 2006, they relocated to new accommodations
at 150 LeMarchant Road.
    The Residential Rehabilitation Assistance Program provides financial
assistance to ensure that housing occupied by low-income households meets
basic health and safety standards.




For further information:

For further information: Jenny Bowring, Manager, Communications,
Newfoundland Labrador Housing, (709) 724-3055, jmbowring@nlhc.nl.ca; Dawn
Ring, Communications and Marketing Consultant, Canada Mortgage and Housing
Corporation, (709) 772-5973, dring@cmhc.ca, www.cmhc.ca; Wendolyn
Schlamp-Hickey, Partnership Coordinator, Marguerite's Place, St. John's, (709)
754-8500, www.margueritesplace.ca


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