CHILLIWACK, BC, May 10, 2019 /CNW/ - Low to moderate-income women and families in Chilliwack will benefit from a new 36-unit affordable housing development and day-care spaces, as the governments of Canada, British Columbia, and the City of Chilliwack officially open Ruth and Naomi's Family Centre.
Jati Sidhu, Member of Parliament for Mission–Matsqui–Fraser Canyon, 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 Bob D'Eith, Member of the Legislative Assembly for Maple-Ridge–Mission, on behalf of the Honourable Selina Robinson, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing, and His Worship Ken Popove, Mayor of the City of Chilliwack, made the announcement today.
Ruth and Naomi's Family Centre is a partnership between the Government of Canada, the Province of B.C., and the City of Chilliwack, and includes 20 day-care spaces in the building at 46129 Princess Avenue. The centre also includes nine addictions recovery beds for women. Ruth and Naomi's Mission is an experienced organization providing support and care to people in need in the community, and will own and operate the project.
Tenants began moving into the new building at the end of April.
"Safe, adequate and affordable housing is crucial in helping Canadians achieve other goals—from raising healthy children to pursuing education, jobs and opportunity. When we help low to moderate-income families and individuals access the housing they need, such as the Ruth and Naomi Family Centre here in Chilliwack, we are doing more than putting a roof over their heads. We are building healthy communities, as well as the foundations for broader social and economic success for Canadians."
– Jati Sidhu, Member of Parliament for Mission–Matsqui–Fraser Canyon
"It's so important that women and families have safe and secure housing, which is why we're building affordable homes in communities of all sizes across the province. People who will be living in these homes will benefit because affordable housing reconnects people with hope for the future and helps them plan and save for new opportunities."
– Bob D'Eith, MLA for Maple Ridge-Mission
"We are grateful for the work of the Government of BC in addressing urgent low income housing needs in our community. The City was pleased to waive around $626,000 in charges and fees for this project. Providing affordable housing for women and families with low income is an important part of helping to end the cycle of poverty and we know this development is a step in that direction." – His Worship Ken Popove, Mayor of the City of Chilliwack
"Ruth and Naomi's Mission is proud to be a part of the solution in helping homelessness and those at risk of being homeless. We hope to help families become stronger and healthier by providing medical, physical, dental, financial, spiritual and therapeutic care. We can accomplish this by teaching our residents how to provide healthy and nutritious meals, assisting parents to have financial security and to find gainful employment while their children are thriving in a safe and secure environment. We thank the Federal and Provincial and Regional governments for partnering with us to help us to help others. Healthy families make Healthy communities."
– Bill Raddatz, Executive Director, Ruth and Naomi's Mission -
- The governments of Canada and British Columbia provided just over $7.0 million under the Social Infrastructure Fund grant.
- The City of Chilliwack provided $626,000 in municipal waivers.
- In Chilliwack, through the Building BC: Women's Transition Housing fund, the Province has also purchased and completed a 12-unit transition house in partnership with the Ann Davis Transition House Society.
- To increase the availability of affordable housing for people in British Columbia, the Province is working in partnership to build 114,000 affordable market rental, non-profit, supported social housing and owner-purchase homes.
- The Government of Canada is currently rolling out its National Housing Strategy (NHS), an ambitious 10-year, $40 billion plan that will create 100,000 new housing units and lift 530,000 families out of housing need, as well as repair and renew more than 300,000 housing units and reduce chronic homelessness by 50 per cent.
- Thanks to new investments proposed in Budget 2019, Canada's National Housing Strategy will be a 10-year, $55 billion plan that will give more Canadians a place to call home.
- Under the National Housing Strategy, a target of 33% of all investments will support the unique needs of women and their children.
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To find out more about the National Housing Strategy, visit www.placetocallhome.ca.
To find out what the Province is doing to improve housing affordability, visit: news.gov.bc.ca/factsheets/bc-government-addressing-housing-affordability-challenges
Read Homes for B.C., government's 30-point plan to address housing affordability for British Columbians: bcbudget.gov.bc.ca/2018/homesbc/2018_Homes_For_BC.pdf
SOURCE Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation
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