ST. JOHN’S, NEWFOUNDLAND AND LABRADOR, June 30, 2017 — The Governments of Canada and Newfoundland and Labrador will invest an additional $1.5 million in a redevelopment project that will help individuals in the community move from homelessness to stable affordable housing. The Centre of Hope project will create 20 units of affordable housing, providing safe and stable housing to those who need it most. The Salvation Army, Newfoundland and Labrador Division will also provide education, health and addiction services.

Mr. 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 the Honourable Dwight Ball, Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador, made the announcement today.

Quick facts:

  • This investment is in addition to the $2.5 million announced by both governments in July 2015.
  • Combined with this new funding, the federal and provincial governments are investing a total of $4 million for this project through the Investment in Affordable Housing Agreement (IAH).
  • The Centre for Hope is a redevelopment project that will replace the Salvation Army’s Harbour Light Centre and Catherine Booth House at 12 and 18 Springdale Street, St. John’s, NL.
  • The affordable housing project will be managed by the Salvation Army, Newfoundland and Labrador Division and will include support services for residents through the New Hope Community Centre.
  • The project has also received funding from the Government of Canada’s Homelessness Partnering Strategy and from the Newfoundland and Labrador Provincial Homelessness Fund for the development of services and programming at the Centre of Hope.

“Our Government is dedicated to helping those in need, which is why we are proud to have invested in this project in St. John’s. The Centre of Hope is more than just safe and affordable place to live, these units and the community that supports them are key to a better life for the residents who will call them home.”
— Seamus O’Regan, Member of Parliament for St. John’s South – Mount Pearl
“We are very committed to working with the Salvation Army, the Federal Government and all our community partners to help address the diverse housing needs and supports for those who are homeless or are at risk of homelessness, as well as those with distinct needs. The Salvation Army is a deeply-rooted and valued community partner, and our government is pleased to provide support for this worthwhile initiative.”
— Honourable Dwight Ball, Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador
“The Salvation Army strives to be a face of hope within our communities. The support for the Centre of Hope and the strategic partnership between our Provincial Government and our Federal Government proves that, even in times of uncertainty, we can be that face of hope. We are very grateful to both levels of government for helping us achieve our goal.”
— Lt. Colonel Eddie Vincent, Divisional Commander, The Salvation Army – Newfoundland and Labrador Division

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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 operations. For more information, please call 1-800-668-2642 or follow us on Twitter, YouTube, LinkedIn and Facebook.
  • Newfoundland and Labrador Housing Corporation –
  • Salvation Army, Newfoundland and Labrador Division

Media contacts:

Émilie Gauduchon
Press Secretary
Office of Minister Duclos

Natalie Chavarie
Public Affairs Advisor
Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation

Michelle Cannizzaro
Office of the Premier
Newfoundland and Labrador

Jenny Bowring
Manager of Corporate Communications
Newfoundland and Labrador
Housing Corporation

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Date Published: June 30, 2017