Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation

Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation

March 25, 2009 23:59 ET

Celebration salutes new women's shelter in York Region

RICHMOND HILL, ON, March 25 - Sandgate Women's Shelter of York
Region Inc. celebrated the acquisition of a property in Richmond Hill that
will provide 10 emergency beds for women and children who are victims of
family violence in south York Region.

"The Government of Canada is committed to making affordable housing
available in Ontario and across Canada for those who need it most," said
Senator Nicole Eaton, on behalf of the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of
Human Resources and Skills Development Canada and Minister Responsible for
Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation. "The creation of these new units will
provide women and their children with access to safe housing and the support
they need to help them to start a new page in their lives."

Through Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC), the Government of
Canada provided over $600,000 to Sandgate Women's Shelter through SEED funding
and the Shelter Enhancement Program. The SEP program assists in repairing,
rehabilitating and improving existing shelters for women and their 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.

This is Sandgate's second shelter offering confidential 24-hour
assistance to women and their children, including emergency crisis shelter,
counselling, and transitional support and housing. The other location is
Jackson's Point.

"Abuse is a reality many women face silently," said the Executive
Director for Sandgate, Jehan A. Chaudhry. "The shelter in Richmond Hill will
give women another choice to end abuse in their lives."

Sandgate is a not for profit, charitable organization, that is dedicated
to providing women and their children shelter, support and information so they
can take steps to end violence in their lives.

CMHC 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 and making vibrant and sustainable communities and cities a
reality across the country.

Last fall, the Government of Canada committed more than $1.9 billion over
the next five years for housing to improve and build new affordable housing
and to help the homeless. Canada's Economic Action Plan builds on this with an
additional one-time investment of more than $2 billion over two years in new
and existing social housing and lending of up to $2 billion for
housing-related infrastructure.

Contact Information

  • Nicole Burgers, CMHC, Consultant,
    Communications and Marketing, (416) 250-2760; Jehan A. Chaudhry, Sandgate
    Women's Shelter of York Region Inc, Executive Director, (905) 722-4043 ext.
    111; or visit:,