Government of Canada

Government of Canada
Human Resources and Social Development Canada

Human Resources and Social Development Canada
Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation

Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation
Province of Newfoundland and Labrador

City of St. John's

City of St. John's
The Salvation Army

The Salvation Army

April 11, 2007 12:43 ET

Wiseman Centre Provides Affordable Transitional Housing to St. John's

ST. JOHN'S, NEWFOUNDLAND AND LABRADOR--(CCNMatthews - April 11, 2007) - Today marked the official opening of the newly renovated Wiseman Centre. This $3.6 million project provides 10 new supportive housing units and 20 self-contained shelter units for older men. The Centre also offers specialized programs and services to help residents live as independently as possible.

Attending today's ceremony were Mr. Fabian Manning, Member of Parliament for Avalon, on behalf of the Honourable Monte Solberg, Minister of Human Resources and Social Development and Minister responsible for the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC); the Honourable Shawn Skinner, Minister of Human Resources, Labour and Employment and Minister responsible for Newfoundland and Labrador Housing; and, Mayor Andy Wells of the City of St. John's. Also participating were Major Ray Rowe, Divisional Commander of the Salvation Army and Commissioner M. Christine MacMillan, Territorial Commander for the Canada and Bermuda Territory of the Salvation Army.

"Projects like the Wiseman Centre can provide the support that people facing challenging times need to get back on their feet," said MP Manning. "The goal is to move families and individuals toward self-sufficiency so they can build better and stronger futures and become active participants in Canadian society. It is encouraging to see the tremendous level of cooperation and partnerships involved with this re-development."

"We are thrilled to be a partner in making this amazing facility a reality," said Minister Skinner. "The Centre will provide many individuals access to the transitional and supportive services they need to make positive changes in their lives. On behalf of the provincial government, I commend all the partners involved in this initiative, which clearly demonstrates how effective we can be when we work together as a community."

"The opening of this newly refurbished shelter which we are celebrating today is a very important one for our city," said Mayor Wells. "It's another example of the Salvation Army extending their care to people in need. Congratulations to everyone associated with this undertaking."

Funding of $1,397,500 was made available to the operators of the Wiseman Centre, the Salvation Army - Newfoundland and Labrador East Division, through the federal government's homelessness programming.

In addition, the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) and Newfoundland and Labrador Housing cost-shared a $750,000 contribution under the Canada/Newfoundland and Labrador Affordable Housing Program Agreement, and $240,000 under the Residential Rehabilitation Assistance Program.

Through Newfoundland and Labrador Housing, the province conveyed the Wiseman Centre property, valued at $396,000, to The Salvation Army. The Salvation Army also contributed $1,225,436 through a variety of funding sources; and further in-kind support of $119,570 has been forthcoming from the corporate community. Approximately $700,000 per year will also be provided by the provincial Department of Human Resources, Labour and Employment along with other contributions for operating costs.

"This is a proud day for the Salvation Army and an important day for our community," said Major Rowe. "The new Wiseman Centre will provide a safe shelter with specialized supports for older men facing challenging circumstances in the St. John's area. It's a real need that will now be addressed."

The National Homelessness Initiative was replaced by the new Homelessness Partnering Strategy (HPS) on April 1, 2007. The new HPS is a two-year strategy that focuses on a housing-first approach to homelessness because the federal government recognizes that housing stability is essential to self-sufficiency and full participation in Canadian society.

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April 11, 2007

Canada's New Government and partners contribute $3.6 million to Wiseman Centre

The Wiseman Centre housing project received $1,397,500 million from the Government of Canada's National Homelessness Initiative (NHI). In addition, the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) and Newfoundland and Labrador Housing (Housing) cost-shared a $750,000 contribution under the Canada/Newfoundland and Labrador Affordable Housing Agreement, and $240,000 under the Residential Rehabilitation Assistance Program (Rental) which in Newfoundland and Labrador is referred to as the Provincial Home Repair Program (PHRP).

Through Newfoundland and Labrador Housing, the province conveyed the Wiseman Centre property, valued to $396,000, to The Salvation Army. Additionally, the provincial Department of Human Resources, Labour and Employment will provide $600,000 per year, along with other contributions for operating costs. The Salvation Army also contributed $1,225,436 through a variety of funding sources.

The corporate community contributed in-kind support of $119,000 to the Wiseman Centre project.

National Homelessness Initiative

Canada's New Government launched the new Homelessness Partnering Strategy on April 1, 2007, which replaced the National Homelessness Initiative (NHI). The new Homelessness Partnering Strategy, with its clear goals of improved partnerships, enhanced sustainability and tangible results, will provide concrete, meaningful and lasting results for Canadians in need.

Homelessness Partnering Strategy

The new Homelessness Partnering Strategy (HPS) will provide $269.6 million over two years to help communities across Canada combat homelessness more effectively.

The HPS focuses on a housing-first approach to homelessness because the federal government recognizes that housing stability is essential to self-sufficiency and full participation in Canadian society. With its clear goals of improved partnerships, enhanced sustainability and tangible results, the new Strategy will provide concrete, meaningful and lasting results for Canadians in need.

Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC)

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

Wiseman Centre

The Wiseman Centre project renovated the existing structure to accommodate 20 shelter units, as well as the construction of 10 new transitional housing units, for males aged 30-65. The Centre will be owned and operated by The Salvation Army, with operating support from the provincial government's Department of Human Resources, Labour and Employment.

The Wiseman Centre was established in 1987 as an umbrella organization for shelters and safe houses in Newfoundland and Labrador. It acts as a liaison between shelters and government, and provides a representative view of shelter interests.

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