Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation

Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation

March 18, 2009 23:59 ET

Shelter helps more women and children in Cobourg

COBOURG, ON, March 18 - At a groundbreaking ceremony today,
Northumberland Services for Women (NSW) celebrated the start of construction
of their new and expanded shelter. NSW provides a safe environment and
services for women and their children in crisis as a result of family violence
and abuse.

The expanded shelter will offer 19 emergency beds for women and their
children in Northumberland County. The facility was made possible with funding
of $456,000 through Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation's (CMHC) Shelter
Enhancement Program (SEP).

"The Government of Canada is committed to making affordable housing
available in Ontario and across Canada for those who need it most," said MP
Rick Norlock, 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 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."

In addition, $77,685 in municipal donations and in-kind services helped
to support the project.

"Congratulations to Northumberland Services for Women for having the
vision and will to commence the actual structure of their new facility," said
Cobourg Mayor, Peter G. Delanty. "This will allow NSW to better serve the
needs of those who desperately need our help and understanding."

Expansions to the east, west and south wings of the facility will offer a
welcoming space where clients can feel safe and comfortable, and access the
NSW's support programs and services, including emergency relocation,
counseling, emergency transportation, a 24-hour crisis line, 2-hour free legal
advice, educational programming, and a children's shelter.

"We appreciate the tremendous assistance we received from all levels of
government, service groups, companies and many individuals," said NSW Board
Chair, Barry Gutteridge. "Their kind contributions have helped this expansion
to happen and more women and their children in crisis in Northumberland County
will have a safe place to come to for emergency services."

Northumberland Services for Women has been offering quality, emergency
housing and support services to over 600 women and their children every year
since their first shelter opened in 1985 at 355 Division Street in Cobourg.

CMHC's Shelter Enhancement Program offers financial assistance for the
repair, rehabilitation and improvement of existing shelters for women and
their children, youth or men who are victims of family violence, as well as
for the acquisition or construction of new shelters and second-stage housing
where needed.

Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) has been Canada's national
housing agency for over 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.

Contact Information

  • Media inquiries: Linda Janzen, Executive
    Director, Northumberland Services for Women, (905) 372-7056 ext. 224; Nicole
    Burgers, Consultant, Communications and Marketing, Canada Mortgage and Housing
    Corporation, (416) 250-2760