ST. JOHN’S, NEWFOUNDLAND AND LABRADOR, August 31, 2016 — Federal and provincial governments joined today to celebrate the official opening of two supportive housing units for young women in St. John’s. Naomi Centre, operated by Stella’s Circle, was jointly funded by the Governments of Canada and Newfoundland and Labrador through the Investment in Affordable Housing Agreement (IAH).
Seamus O’Regan, Member of Parliament for St. John's South — Mount Pearl, on behalf of the Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development and Minister Responsible for Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC), along with and the Honourable Sherry Gambin-Walsh, Minister of Children, Seniors and Social Development and Minister Responsible for Newfoundland and Labrador Housing Corporation, celebrated the event with a ribbon cutting ceremony.
- The two units were funded by a federal-provincial investment of $250,000 through the Canada-Newfoundland and Labrador Investment in Affordable Housing Agreement (IAH) 2014-19.
- Naomi Centre is an emergency shelter that offers safe and supportive temporary housing for women aged 16-30. Staff provide supportive counselling services to residents and support is also provided to former residents of Naomi Centre.
- Self-referrals or referrals from other health care providers to Naomi Centre are accepted. This includes family counselling agencies, government departments, or family and friends of individuals needing emergency housing.
- By the end of 2019, approximately 1,600 new affordable homes will have been created throughout Newfoundland and Labrador under the federal-provincial Investment in Affordable Housing.
“Our Government is investing in affordable housing here in St. John’s and across Canada to help create jobs and improve the quality of life for those who need it most. Thanks to the combined efforts of our partners, we are able to give a helping hand to young women in need, and in doing so, we are contributing to the economic and social well-being of the entire community.”
“Naomi Centre provides safe and supportive temporary housing as well as counselling services to women in need. Our government is focused on nurturing, strong healthy communities throughout our province. Supporting these new supportive housing units fits well with that goal, and we are proud to partner with the federal government on this initiative.”
“We are grateful to the federal and provincial governments for their commitment to supportive housing. In 2015-16, we had 142 admissions into Naomi Centre. The addition of these two apartments will provide enhanced, long-term housing stability to the young women we serve.”
- CMHC has been helping Canadians meet their housing needs for more than 70 years. As Canada's authority on housing, CMHC contributes to the stability of the housing market and financial system, provides support for Canadians in housing need, and offers unbiased housing research and advice to Canadian governments, consumers and the housing industry. Prudent risk management, strong corporate governance and transparency are cornerstones of CMHC operations. For more information, please call 1-800-668-2642.
- Canadians are invited to help shape the National Housing Strategy by joining the conversation on www.LetsTalkHousing.ca. Your ideas will contribute to the future of housing in Canada.
Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation
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Newfoundland and Labrador Housing Corporation
MP O'Regan, Minister Gambin-Walsh, and staff from Stella's Circle