KENTVILLE, NS, Oct. 12, 2017 /CNW/ - Women and children fleeing domestic violence in Kings, Annapolis and Hants counties will soon have access to a new place of safety and refuge, with the support of the governments of Canada and Nova Scotia. Chrysalis House will receive more than $1 million towards the construction of a new facility.
The transition house facility will allow women and children to have a place of safety and support and will offer programs and services to help women consider their options and determine their forward path. Chrysalis House offers shelter, outreach programs and crisis services 24-hours a day, seven days a week.
The Honourable Scott Brison, President of the Treasury Board and Member of Parliament for Kings-Hants, on behalf of the Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development and Minister Responsible for Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC), along with the Honourable Kelly Regan, Minister of Community Services and Minister responsible for Housing Nova Scotia and MLA for Bedford-Birch Cove, made the announcement today.
- The Chyrsalis House will receive $1 million in funding from the Investment in Affordable Housing (IAH) agreement and $25,000 from the CMHC Seed Funding Program.
- Chrysalis is a non-profit organization that has provided shelter and support services to women and children in the Annapolis Valley for 32 years.
- In August of 2016, the federal and provincial governments announced investments in affordable housing under federal Budget 2016, which included support for victims of domestic violence. In Nova Scotia, $5.2 million in federal funding will support the construction and renovation of shelters for victims of domestic violence and transition houses.
"Our Government is working hard to strengthen our communities by providing Canadians with safe, affordable housing. Funding for Chrysalis House is emblematic of these new investments to ensure that survivors of domestic violence are able to enjoy a safe and stable environment."- Scott Brison, President of the Treasury Board and Member of Parliament for Kings-Hants
"Supporting women and children who are leaving domestic violence is a priority for government. Replacing Chrysalis House will help women and children in the Annapolis Valley get the support they need, and give them hope for a brighter future." – Kelly Regan, Minister of Community Services and Minister responsible for Housing Nova Scotia and MLA for Bedford-Birch Cove.
"We are thrilled to have this opportunity to provide innovative services in a purpose built space that will enhance supports for women and children who have experienced violence and abuse. This substantial funding from the provincial and federal governments serves as the foundation of our capital campaign for Project Renew. We are grateful for the contribution of government and our community supporters who share our vision of healthy communities through collaboration." – Ginger MacPhee, Executive Director, Chrysalis House
- CMHC has been helping Canadians meet their housing needs for more than 70 years. As Canada's authority on housing, CMHC contributes to the stability of the housing market and financial system, provides support for Canadians in housing need, and offers unbiased housing research and advice to Canadian governments, consumers and the housing industry. Prudent risk management, strong corporate governance and transparency are cornerstones of CMHC's operations. For more information, please call 1-800-668-2642 or visit www.cmhc.ca.
SOURCE Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation
For further information: Émilie Gauduchon, Press Secretary, Office of Minister Duclos, 819-654-5546, [email protected]; Natalie Chavarie, Public Affairs Advisor, Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, 902 426-4262, [email protected]; Heather Fairbairn, Media Relations Advisor, Nova Scotia Department of Community Services, 902 717-2151, [email protected]