AMHERST, NOVA SCOTIA, April 21, 2017 — Women and children fleeing domestic violence will soon have a new place to call home, with the help of government funding for affordable second-stage housing. The governments of Canada and Nova Scotia announced funding for Autumn House, a transition house serving women in rural Nova Scotia. This funding will allow the organization to provide new second stage housing to women and children who are survivors of domestic violence.

In 2016, the federal and provincial governments announced investments in affordable housing, which included support for victims of domestic violence. Housing Nova Scotia is investing $5.2 million in federal funding to support the construction and renovation of shelters for victims of domestic violence and transition houses.

Bill Casey, Member of Parliament for Cumberland – Colchester, 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 Terry Farrell, MLA for Cumberland North on behalf of the Honourable Joanne Bernard, Minister responsible for Housing Nova Scotia and the Nova Scotia Advisory Council on the Status of Women, made the announcement today.

Quick facts:

  • $292,100 will be invested to create a duplex that will provide affordable housing to women and children who are victims of domestic violence.
  • Second stage housing is defined as longer term, individual housing. The project will fill a need for second stage housing in the community. The new housing units will allow tenants to stay for a period of one year. Outreach services will be provided to women and children.

“The peace of mind that comes with having a secure and stable home is invaluable. These units are another example of our Government’s commitment toward ensuring that survivor of domestic violence are able to enjoy a safe and stable environment.”
— Bill Casey, Member of Parliament for Cumberland – Colchester
“Helping women and children who are leaving domestic violence is a priority for the government. Building new second-stage housing units in the Amherst area will help women and children get the support they need, and help them move forward during difficult times.”
— Terry Farrell, MLA for Cumberland North
“Autumn House has been providing safety and services for victims of intimate partner violence in Cumberland County for the past 26 years. We welcome the addition of second-stage housing as a very necessary extension of our services. The maximum stay at our transition house is 6 weeks, and we know that this is often not enough time for women to secure safe affordable housing in Cumberland County. The two new second-stage housing units will offer extended safe, secure and affordable housing. This brings us a step closer in reaching our goal to provide safety for women and children in our community.”
— Ruth Currie, Executive Director, Autumn House

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  • 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’s operations. For more information, please call 1-800-668-2642 or follow us on TwitterYouTubeLinkedIn and Facebook.

Media contacts:

Émilie Gauduchon
Press Secretary
Office of Minister Duclos

Natalie Chavarie
Public Affairs Advisor
Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation

Heather Fairbairn
Media Relations Advisor
Nova Scotia Department of Community Services


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Date Published: April 21, 2017