New supportive housing facility officially opens in St. John's

ST. JOHN'S, Sept. 14, 2018 /CNW/ - The governments of Canada and Newfoundland and Labrador and the John Howard Society of Newfoundland celebrated the grand opening of Garrison Place. The new 10-unit facility provides supported housing for vulnerable individuals experiencing, or most at risk of homelessness.

Mr. Nick Whalen, Member of Parliament for St. John's East, 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 Honourable Lisa Dempster, Minister responsible for the Newfoundland and Labrador Housing Corporation, attended the official opening today.

Quick facts:

  • The governments of Canada and Newfoundland and Labrador contributed $1,250,000 in funding. The funding was through the federal-provincial Investment in Affordable Housing (IAH) Agreement.
  • Garrison Place consists of 10 bachelor units managed by the John Howard Society of Newfoundland and Labrador.
  • The project also received $232,475 from the Government of Canada's Homelessness Partnering Strategy
  • The Newfoundland and Labrador Provincial Homelessness Fund provided $100 000 in funding for the development of services and programming at the John Howard Society.
  • The Government of Canada recently unveiled its National Housing Strategy - a 10-year, $40 billion plan that will create 100,000 new housing units and lift 530,000 families out of housing need.


"Our Government is dedicated to helping those in need, which is why we are proud to have invested in this project in St. John's. These new supported bachelor units are more than just safe and affordable places to live, they are key to a better life for the residents who will call them home."
- Nick Whalen, Member of Parliament for St. John's East

"The Government of Newfoundland and Labrador is pleased to continue working closely with the Government of Canada and dedicated community-based partners, such as the John Howard Society, to ensure we are achieving better outcomes for the people of the province. For individuals who find themselves at risk of homelessness, access to safe, affordable housing options with support services can help them achieve greater stability and focus on their overall health and well-being." - Lisa Dempster, Minister Responsible for Newfoundland and Labrador Housing Corporation

"The John Howard Society of Newfoundland and Labrador truly appreciates its partnerships with the federal and provincial governments and the funding they've provided for Garrison Place. This new facility will enable the Society to provide 10 permanent, affordable and supportive housing units to some of our community's most vulnerable individuals who have experienced homelessness or who are at risk for homelessness."
- Bryan Purcell, President, The John Howard Society of Newfoundland and Labrador

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SOURCE Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation

For further information: Media contacts: Public Affairs, Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, 514-283-3679; Jenny Bowring, Newfoundland and Labrador Housing Corporation, 709-724-3055,; Gina MacArthur, Children, Seniors and Social Development, 709-729-3768, 730-2977,; Cindy Murphy, John Howard Society of NL, 709-726-5540


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