WINNIPEG, Aug. 14, 2017 /CNW/ - The governments of Canada and Manitoba today announced support for Siloam Mission's Make Room campaign, which aims to add more than 54,300 square feet of additional shelter, programming and administrative space to its current location.
The announcement was made by the Honourable Scott Fielding, Manitoba Minister of Families, and Robert Falcon-Ouellette, Member of Parliament for Winnipeg Centre, on behalf of the Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development and Minister Responsible for Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation.
- Through the Investment in Affordable Housing agreement, the federal and provincial governments provided $3 million in funding for the development.
- The project aims to create a service-based campus at the Mission's current downtown location, in the form of a new two-storey link between the existing shelter building at 300 Princess Street and the soon-to be competed 400 seat dining area at 303 Stanley Avenue.
- The expansion will create approximately 50 new overnight shelter beds, including up to 21 dedicated beds for women, and new space for Siloam's health services, administrative and volunteer resource areas.
- Founded in 1987, the Mission provides 110 bed spaces and services at its emergency shelter located on Princess Street, and is one of five emergency shelters that receives support from the Manitoba government through its $1.6 million Emergency Shelter Assistance.
"Our Government is committed to providing communities the support they need to build capacity to develop local solutions to homelessness. Having a roof over one's head is the foundation for socio-economic success for all Canadians." – Robert-Falcon Ouellette, Member of Parliament for Winnipeg Centre
"Everyone deserves access to a safe place to stay, and ensuring housing for Manitoba's vulnerable populations is a priority for our government. This investment will enable Siloam Mission to support more people as they find stability to get back on their feet and specifically help women through the emphasis on dedicated beds." – Honourable Scott Fielding, Manitoba Minister of Families
"Today is a great day for Siloam Mission. With the government's investment, we will have surpassed our 70 per cent fundraising benchmark and will be able to put a shovel in the ground to start construction of the new link building this fall. This expansion will 'make room' so that no one is turned away who needs a bed and women will have a private area so they feel safe." – Jim Bell, Chief Executive Officer, Siloam Mission
- As Canada's authority on housing, CMHC has been helping Canadians meet their housing needs for more than 70 years. For more information, call toll-free 1-800-668-2642, or follow us on Twitter, YouTube, LinkedIn and Facebook.
- For more information about housing programs in Manitoba, visit www.gov.mb.ca/housing.
- Siloam Mission is a Christian-based non-profit service organization for vulnerable Manitobans who have experienced homelessness and who struggle with mental health issues, physical and cognitive disabilities, addictions and/or trauma and youth who have aged out of care and are at risk of homelessness.
SOURCE Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation
For further information: Media contacts: Émilie Gauduchon, Press Secretary, Office of Minister Duclos, 819-654-5546, [email protected]; Andrea Slobodian, Press Secretary, 204-945-1495, [email protected]; Wilbur McLean, Public Affairs, Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, 416-218-3331, [email protected]