Victims of domestic violence in Cumberland County have a new place to call home
AMHERST, NOVA SCOTIA, May 11, 2018 — Autumn House, an organization that provides shelter, counselling and support services to women fleeing domestic violence, opened a new facility today called the Women Who Care Home. This duplex will allow tenants to stay in a safe, stable environment for a period of one year and will provide access to programs and services to help transition to independent living.
Marking the occasion at today’s event were Mr. 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 the Honourable Kelly Regan, Minister of Community Services and Minister responsible for Housing Nova Scotia and MLA for Bedford-Birch Cove.
- The federal and provincial governments committed $292,100 to build this second stage housing unit for women who are victims of domestic violence.
- The funding is part of a larger, $5.2 million commitment outlined in the 2016 federal budget, which included support for victims of domestic violence.
- Second-stage housing is longer-term, individual housing, where tenants can live for an extended period of time.
- Housing Nova Scotia administered the program and provided expert advice to Autumn House throughout the project.
“The peace of mind that comes with having a secure and stable home is invaluable. This is why our Government is pleased to be involved in the creation of the Women Who Care Home. This duplex represents hope of a new life to all women fleeing domestic violence in the Amherst community. We could not be more pleased to have contributed to this project and are inspired by the courage it takes to make these life altering changes.”
Mr. Bill Casey, Member of Parliament for Cumberland – Colchester
“Domestic violence is a serious issue that affects all of us, and our government is committed to addressing it, and helping vulnerable Nova Scotians. These two new second-stage housing units will be a great help for women and children in Cumberland County who are leaving domestic violence.”
Ms. Kelly Regan, Minister responsible for Housing Nova Scotia
“Autumn House has been providing shelter, support and services to victims of intimate partner violence in Cumberland County for over 27 years. We have been excited this past year to see the transition house become a reality and we welcome the addition of this very necessary extension of our services. The maximum stay at Autumn House is six weeks and this is often not long enough for women to secure safe and affordable housing. The two new second-stage housing units will offer extended safe, secure and affordable housing. This brings us closer to reaching our goal of providing safety for women and their children in our community.”
Dawn Ferris, Executive Director, Autumn House
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