Shelter of hope at Angela's Place



    HAMILTON, ON, May 22 /CNW/ - The Good Shepherd Centre celebrated the
opening of Angela's Place, a 15-unit housing complex for youth who are victims
of violence, including teen mothers and their children in the Hamilton region.
This shelter will also provide support services to help youth develop new
skills in the community, and turn a new page in their lives.
    David Sweet, Member of Parliament for
Ancaster-Dundas-Flamborough-Westdale, on behalf of the Honourable Diane
Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development Canada, and
Minister Responsible for the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, and
Brother Richard MacPhee, Executive Director, Good Shepherd Centre, attended
the ceremony.
    "The Government of Canada is committed to making affordable housing
available in Ontario and across Canada to those who need it most," said MP
David Sweet. "With the opening of this project, youth, women and children in
Hamilton can access safe and suitable housing, and build a stronger future for
themselves."
    The Government of Canada, through CMHC's Shelter Enhancement Program,
provided almost $236,000 to the Good Shepherd Centre for the total project
renovation costs.
    Since 1989, the Good Shepherd support programs have guided youth to break
the cycle of poverty. Angela's Place will house 14 youth, mothers and their
children, for up to two years.
    "Supporting these young families now will prevent the untold physical,
emotional and spiritual hardship that poverty brings," said Brother Richard
MacPhee, Executive Director, Good Shepherd Centre. "By lifting both mom and
child from poverty, we will change two generations of young people."
    Good Shepherd is a non-profit, charitable organization that is dedicated
to serving troubled youth, abused women and children, mentally and physically
challenged individuals and the homeless. Good Shepherd programs have helped
thousands of people every year by providing food, shelter and rehabilitation
programs that offer guidance and hope.
    CMHC's Shelter Enhancement 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.
    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.

    Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation 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 further information:

For further information: Michelle Bakos, Press Secretary, Office of
Minister Finley, Tel.: (819) 994-2482; Nicole Burgers, CMHC, Consultant,
Communications and Marketing, (416) 250-2760; Alan Whittle, Good Shepherd
Centre, Director of Planning and Community Relations, 905-528-5877 ext. 3322;
or visit: www.cmhc.ca, www.goodshepherdcentres.ca


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