CALGARY, Nov. 30 /CNW/ - Women and children fleeing family violence will
now benefit from 24 new transitional housing units in Calgary. These new homes
are the result of a partnership between the Sonshine Society of Christian
Community Services and the Government of Canada.
The opening of this new second stage shelter was announced during a
ribbon-cutting ceremony today by representatives of Canada Mortgage and
Housing Corporation and the Sonshine Society of Christian Community Services.
"The Government of Canada is committed to making affordable, transitional
and supportive housing available in Alberta and across Canada for those who
need it most," said Lee Richardson, Member of Parliament for Calgary Centre,
on behalf of the Honourable Monte Solberg, Minister of Human Resources and
Social Development. "The creation of these new safe and affordable units will
help women and children in Calgary, who are victims of family violence, start
a new page in their lives."
The Sonshine Centre provides safe, secure, and affordable accommodations
for women and children fleeing family violence. Counseling, children's
programming and volunteer assistance will be available for the residents of
the 24-unit facility to help them move forward.
"Domestic violence is a community issue and the federal government must
be commended for the leadership role it has taken in ensuring that the most
vulnerable of its citizens are provided with their basic need for housing and
safety. Without this leadership and support, the Sonshine Centre would have no
choice but to turn away many women and children who come to our doors fleeing
family violence. For many families, this funding has made the difference
between life and death; between safe stable housing and living with their
children on the streets," said Dr. Joy Johnson-Green, Executive Director of
the Sonshine Society.
Funding for the project includes $2,050,000 from Canada Mortgage and
Housing Corporation's Shelter Enhancement Program; $925,000 in federal
homelessness funding through Human Resources and Social Development Canada
(HRSDC); and $700,000 from the Sonshine Society. Additional funding was
provided by the Calgary Homeless Foundation.
On April 1, 2007, the Government of Canada announced the new Homelessness
Partnering Strategy (HPS) which provides $269.6 million over two years to help
communities across Canada combat homelessness more effectively. The strategy
focuses on a housing-first approach to homelessness, recognizing that housing
stability is essential to self-sufficiency and full participation in Canadian
society. With its clear goals of improved partnerships, enhanced
sustainability and tangible results, the new Strategy provides concrete,
meaningful and lasting results for Canadians in need.
CMHC's Shelter Enhancement Program offers financial assistance for the
repair, rehabilitation and improvement of existing shelters for women and
their children, youth or men who are victims of family violence, as well as
for the acquisition or construction of new shelters and second-stage housing
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
For further information:
For further information: Joy Johnson-Green, Sonshine Society of
Christian Community Services, (403) 266-4785; Kimberlee Jones, Canada Mortgage
and Housing Corporation, (403) 515-3048