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SURREY – The Province is providing $32.9 million for two new
supportive housing developments, creating 211 jobs in
“The funding for these developments is an excellent example of the Province’s commitment to help British Columbians who need it most,” said Coleman. “This government is creating jobs and resources that can sustain future growth and providing housing and supports that will help encourage people to become healthy and achieve independence.”
The developments are part of the
Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the Province and the City of
Today’s announcement took place during the celebration of construction of the Maxxine Wright Centre, at 13729 – 92 Ave., The Centre, a $17.9-million development, will provide 24 self-contained units of transitional housing and 12 short term stay units, both with integrated support services for pregnant women and their children who homeless or at risk of homelessness. The development also includes a pre- and post-natal clinic for high-risk pregnant women and a 59-space day-care through an agreement with the Ministry of Children and Family Development (MCFD).
“Women who come to the Maxxine Wright Centre have faced enormous barriers and this facility will help provide them with the various supports they need,” said Minister of State for Child Care Linda Reid. “Quality affordable child care is a critical element for these women who are on a remarkable journey to improve their own lives and those of their children.”
MCFD provided a $1.5 million capital grant to build the child-care centre that will serve all age groups, from infant to school age. The Province will also provide capital funding in the form of a grant of $500,000 and $13.2 million. The Government of Canada will be investing over $1.2 million of federal homelessness funding through Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (HRSDC).
government is supporting many Canadians with housing needs and is fulfilling
its commitment to help those seeking to break free of the cycle of homelessness
and poverty,” said Ms. Dona Cadman
on behalf of the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of HRSDC. “Through this
investment, the Atira Women’s Resource Society will be able to offer vulnerable
women the support they need through the
In addition to providing the land
for the two accelerated infrastructure MOU sites, the City of
“All three of these projects demonstrate the benefits of multiple levels of government working together to provide more stable housing options for individuals in the greatest need in our city,” said Surrey Mayor Dianne Watts. “These developments will help provide an effective long-term solution to the issue of homelessness in our community.”
Under the MOU,
“YWCA Vancouver is pleased to be
partnering with the Province and the City of
Atira Women’s Resource Society provided the land valued at $272,651 and will manage and operate the housing and support services at the Maxxine Wright Centre.
been an eight-year labour of love,” said
Janice Abbott, executive director and CEO for Atira Women’s Resource
Society. “Our board, staff, community partners and the women and children who
access our services have worked hard to make this happen. Our partnership with
the Province and the City of
The Government of Canada’s Homelessness Partnering
Strategy (HPS) is a unique community-based program aimed at preventing and
reducing homelessness by providing direct support and funding to more than 60
The MOU projects are part of an overall $14-billion capital infrastructure program supported by the Province that will create up to 88,000 jobs and help build vital public infrastructure in every region of B.C.
In 2009/10, the Province’s budget for affordable housing and shelters is $469 million, more than four times as much as in 2001.
‘Breaking the Cycle of Homelessness’ is a website providing a comprehensive and detailed look at provincial programs and services to address homelessness. Visit www.bchousing.org/breakingthecycle for more information.
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