YUKON, Dec. 8, 2017 /CNW/ - Four Whitehorse organizations will received rental assistance funding to help victims of family violence gain and maintain affordable housing. This funding is available through the Canada-Yukon Investment in Affordable Housing Agreement.
The rent supplement funding allows Yukon Anti-Poverty Coalition, Victoria Faulkner Woman's Centre, Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Society of Yukon (FASSY) and Blood Ties Four Directions to cover a portion of some of their clients' rent, thereby ensuring that more Yukoners will have safe housing.
A total of $40,000 will flow between October, 2017 and October, 2018 to these organizations. These investments will allow victims of violence to access the rental market, which will reduce the pressures on waitlists for shelters and social housing programs.
Yukon Housing Corporation is still accepting applications for the Victims of Violence Program, including funding for capital projects and housing-related programming.
"Our Government is providing Canadians not only with safe, affordable housing, but is also working hard to strengthen our communities. These new investments are another example of our Government's commitment toward ensuring that victims of domestic violence are able to enjoy a safe and stable environment."
– Honourable Larry Bagnell, Member of Parliament for Yukon
"Our partners in the community work hard to help Yukoners find safe and affordable housing. With this funding, we will work to end homelessness by ensuring that these organizations are equipped to help people in need. We are working toward a Yukon where every door is the right door."
–Minister Responsible for the Yukon Housing Corporation Pauline Frost
- Rent supplements are one way Yukoners can gain and maintain affordable housing. This is one of the objectives of the Housing Action Plan for Yukon.
- The Government of Canada is investing almost $500,000 in Yukon to support the construction and renovation of shelters and transition houses for victims of family violence.
- The Yukon government, through the Housing Action Plan budget, is providing support for the Yukon Anti-Poverty Coalition's housing navigator to help vulnerable clients seek and obtain housing.
SOURCE Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation