Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation

Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation

June 19, 2010 16:00 ET

CMHC: News Release; Government of Canada Celebrates Renovations to Supportive Housing in Kelowna

KELOWNA, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - June 19, 2010) - The Government of Canada and the Central Okanagan Emergency Shelter Society joined today to celebrate the recent renovations of the Kelowna Women's Shelter. The shelter provides supportive housing for women who have experienced abuse and violence in relationships.

Ron Cannan, Member of Parliament for Kelowna-Lake Country, on behalf of the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development and Minister Responsible for Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC), along with Karen Leboe, Manager of Administration and Planning, Kelowna Women's Shelter, attended the ceremony.

"The Government of Canada is committed to making affordable housing available in British Columbia and across Canada for those who need it most," said MP Cannan. "The renovations to this project in Kelowna will provide women and their children access to safe, supportive housing, and help them start a new page in their lives."

Through CMHC's Shelter Enhancement Program (SEP), the Government of Canada provided over $90,000 to the Central Okanagan Emergency Shelter Society for shelter upgrades and renovations, including bathrooms and floors. This program assists in repairing, rehabilitating and improving existing shelters for women and children, youth or men who are victims of family violence, and provides financial assistance for the acquisition or construction of new shelters and second-stage housing where needed.

The Central Okanagan Emergency Shelter Society was created in 1980 to provide shelter and transition housing to abused women and children. The Shelter provides supportive housing for up to 30 days for women and children who have experienced relationship or family abuse, however stays can be extended for longer periods as necessary while families are rebuilding their lives. Counselling services, shelter outreach and support groups are provided to the residents.

"The renovations to our shelter that were completed under the Shelter Enhancement Program will make a world of difference to the women and children who are using our services," said Karen Leboe. "The upgrades to our bedrooms, bathrooms, living space and playground will allow us to continue providing a safe and welcoming place for families to heal from abuse and re-build their lives in a healthy and positive way. We are very grateful to the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation for their ongoing support."

Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation has been Canada's national housing agency for more than 60 years. CMHC is committed to helping Canadians access a wide choice of quality, affordable homes, while making vibrant, healthy communities and cities a reality across the country.

In 2008, the Government of Canada committed more than $1.9 billion over five years to improve and build new affordable housing and to help the homeless. As part of this investment, the renovation programs for low-income households, including the Shelter Enhancement Program, were extended for two years. For BC this represents more than $28 million in federal funding for renovation programs off-reserve.

Canada's Economic Action Plan builds on this with an additional one-time investment of more than $2 billion to build new and renovate existing social housing for low-income Canadians, plus up to $2 billion in loans to municipalities for housing-related infrastructure.

For more information on CMHC's Assisted Housing programs, call 1-800-668-2642 or visit www.cmhc.ca.

Contact Information

  • CMHC
    Valerie Rosenthal
    Media Relations, BC
    604-202-2609
    or
    CMHC
    Charles Sauriol
    Media Relations
    613-748-2799
    www.cmhc.ca
    or
    Office of Minister Finley
    Michelle Bakos
    Press Secretary
    819-994-2482