Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation

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Government of Canada

August 26, 2010 18:00 ET

Government of Canada and "My Friend's House" Celebrate Opening of "Next Door" Shelter in Collingwood

COLLINGWOOD, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Aug. 26, 2010) - The Government of Canada, through Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC), and "My Friend's House" – Collingwood Crisis Centre celebrated the grand opening of "Next Door" Transitional Support Program for Women: an 8-bed shelter for women who are victims of family violence in Simcoe County.

"The Government of Canada is committed to providing a hand up to those who need it the most," said the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development and Minister Responsible for CMHC. "Through this investment, we are helping make an important difference in the lives of women in Simcoe County who are trying to build a better future for themselves."

The Government of Canada, through CMHC, provided $144,308 to "Next Door" Transitional Support Program for Women through the Shelter Enhancement Program (SEP). 

SEP assists in repairing, rehabilitating and improving existing shelters for women and their children, youth or men who are victims of family violence. It also provides financial assistance for acquisition or construction of new shelters and second-stage housing where needed.

"Next Door" Transitional Support Program for Women in Collingwood will provide a safe place for women who wish to establish a life free from abuse in the community.

"Thanks to Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, 'My Friend's House' is now able to provide the space and time necessary for women to heal," said Alison FitzGerald, Executive Director of "My Friend's House." "It would have been impossible to make 'Next Door' a reality without the support of CMHC through the Shelter Enhancement Program."

In operation since 1991, "My Friend's House" has provided short-term safe refuge, counselling, support and advocacy to abused women and their children in the communities surrounding South Georgian Bay. Counsellors will provide individualized therapeutic interventions designed to strengthen women's resolve to rebuild their lives apart from and independent of their abusive partner.

"My Friend's House" recognized that short-term shelter for some women, severely impacted by the abuse in their lives, was not enough. The "Next Door" Transitional Support Program, which is a new project funded through Status of Women Canada, responds to that need.

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, 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 a part of this investment, the renovation programs for low-income households, including the Shelter Enhancement Program, were extended for two years. For Ontario this represents $73 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.

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Contact Information

  • Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation
    Stephen Derksen
    "My Friend's House" - Collingwood Crisis Centre
    Alison FitzGerald
    705-444-2586 ext. 24
    Office of Minister Finley
    Michelle Bakos