Government of Canada and People in Transition Inc. break ground on second-stage housing at My Sister's Place

    ALLISTON, ON, Aug. 25 /CNW/ - The Government of Canada and People in
Transition (Alliston) Inc. held a ground-breaking ceremony today to celebrate
the construction of five new second-stage housing units at "My Sister's
Place", a shelter for women and children who are victims of family violence in
Simcoe County.
    The Honourable Helena Guergis, Minister of State (Status of Women) and
Member of Parliament for Simcoe-Grey, on behalf of the Honourable Diane
Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development Canada and Minister
Responsible for Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation; Anne Skeates, Board
Chairperson, People in Transition (Alliston) Inc., along with guests attended
today's ceremony.
    "The Government of Canada is committed to making affordable housing
available in Ontario and across Canada for those who need it most," said
Minister of State Guergis. "Through this investment, My Sister's Place will
provide safe and supportive housing to women and their children who are
experiencing family violence."
    Through Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC), the Government of
Canada provided $520,000 to My Sister's Place through the Shelter Enhancement
Program (SEP) and SEED funding. The SEP program assists in repairing,
rehabilitating and improving existing shelters for women and their children or
youth who are victims of family violence. It also provides financial
assistance for the acquisition or construction of new shelters and
second-stage housing where needed. SEED funding offers financial assistance to
housing proponents who are in the early stages of developing an affordable
housing project.
    The five units - one bachelorette and four one-bedroom apartments - will
be built beside the existing emergency shelter in Alliston. Women and children
currently staying at My Sister's Place could move into this second-stage
housing as part of their transition from the shelter. Second-stage housing is
vital in helping women and children reclaim their lives and secure a brighter
    "My Sister's Place is very proud to be creating a second-stage housing
project that is the only purpose-built building of its kind in South Simcoe
County," said Anne Skeates, Board Chairperson, People in Transition (Alliston)
Inc. "The goal of this project is to provide ongoing and on site shelter for
women who are recreating their lives in the wake of an abusive relationship."
    My Sister's Place, operated by People in Transition (Alliston) Inc.,
provides emergency shelter services to abused women and their children who are
fleeing violent and/or abusive relationships. More than 1,000 women and
children are served annually.
    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.
    To find out more about how the Government of Canada and CMHC are working
to build stronger homes and communities for all Canadians, call CMHC at
1-800-668-2642 or visit For more information on
Canada's Economic Action Plan, call 1-800-O Canada or visit

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For further information:

For further information: Michelle Bakos, Office of Minister Finley,
(819) 994-2482; Leslie Pawlowski, Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation,
(416) 250-3297; Susan Birkenshaw, Chair, second-stage housing committee, My
Sister's Place, (705) 434-9991; or visit:;

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