Media Release

August 15, 2013

Community Organizations Receive $3.9 Million for Supportive Living Projects

Nineteen community-based organizations operating 26 projects throughout the province will benefit from $3.9 million being provided through Newfoundland and Labrador Housing Corporation’s (NLHC) Supportive Living Program, the Honourable Paul Davis, Minister Responsible for NLHC, announced in St. John’s today.
 
“The Provincial Government is pleased to provide funding and partner with non-profit community agencies and Community Advisory Boards to help address homelessness and provide support to our province’s most vulnerable citizens,” said Minister Davis. “These investments will help to expand supportive living projects and enhance street outreach and drop-in resource centres.”
 
The Supportive Living Program supports a ‘housing first’ approach, recognizing that housing stability is critical to enhancing wellness, inclusion and self-sufficiency. Provincial Government funding has significantly increased for this program, from $1.2 million in 2009 to $4.8 million in 2013.
 
“The Supportive Living Program funding will enable our organization to continue to serve adults with barriers, as well as those in institutional settings in our province who are challenged to find safe, secure housing,” said Denise Hillier, acting Executive Director, Stella’s Circle. “Daily, we see the impact that having a home of one's own can have on an individual's wellness and ability to respond to other issues in life. We are very appreciative of our partnership with Newfoundland and Labrador Housing Corporation.”
 
Stella’s Circle received approximately $500,000 in funding for the Brian Martin Housing Resource Centre to enhance counselling, advocacy and other support services to help people find and maintain secure housing. The centre has provided housing services to more than 800 individuals since opening in 2009.
 
A detailed list of 2013-14 Supportive Living Program recipients is provided in the backgrounder below.
 
A Social Housing Plan for Newfoundland and Labrador - Secure Foundations, released by the Provincial Government in August 2009, outlines a 10-year vision for social housing. It is aimed at improving the housing circumstances of low-income households and creating healthier communities throughout the province.
 
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Media contacts:
Carol Ann Carter
Director of Communications (Acting)
Department of Transportation and Works
709-729-1758, 631-9505
carolanncarter@gov.nl.ca
Jenny Bowring
Communications Manager
Newfoundland and Labrador Housing Corporation
709-724-3055
jmbowring@nlhc.nl.ca

Jennifer Babstock
Senior Development & Communications Officer
Stella's Circle
709-738-0564
j.babstock@StellasCircle.ca

BACKGROUNDER
Supportive Living Program Recipients 2013-14
Agency and Project Title(s) Community Approved Funding
NL Housing & Homelessness Network - Community Capacity Building Provincial $195,452.50
NAVNET Provincial $131,372.00
Choices for Youth - The Lilly and Transitional Housing Program St. John’s $802,389.00
Pleasant Manor Corp. – Pleasant Manor St. John’s $113,900.00
St. John’s Status of Women Council – Marguerite’s Place St. John’s $564,372.00
Salvation Army - New Hope Community Centre Community Access Project and Wiseman Centre Community Service Worker St. John’s $83,270.00
Stella’s Circle – Brian Martin Housing Resource Centre and Just for Us Women’s Centre St. John’s $591,283.00
THRIVE Community Youth Network – Street Reach, Increasing Depth of Supports and Streets to Homes - Report in Action St. John’s $190,113.00
Mariner Resource Opportunities Network – Housing Support Worker Carbonear $63,423.54
Grace Sparkes House – Housing Support Worker Burin Peninsula $83,902.77
Regional Action Committee on Housing – Housing Support Worker Clarenville $72,600.00
Status of Women Central – Homes Helping Homes Grand Falls-Windsor $10,099.79
Exploits Valley Community Coalition – Housing Support Worker” and S.O.S. Project Grand Falls-Windsor $86,714.00
Community Mental Health Initiative (CHMI) – Community Outreach & Support Centre and in collaboration with Corner Brook Status of Women Council - Housing Support Worker Corner Brook $138,747.00
Corner Brook Status of Women Council - Housing, Outreach, Understanding, Support & Empowerment Corner Brook $47,800.00
Community Education Network – Furniture Shop and Housing Support Worker Stephenville $65,551.60
Labrador Friendship Centre – Housing Support Worker Happy Valley-Goose Bay $70,406.00
Mokami Status of Women Council – Supportive Living Apartments Happy Valley-Goose Bay $551,270.00
Labrador West Housing & Homelessness Coalition Inc. – Housing Support Worker Happy Valley-Goose Bay $89,724.00
Total
$3,952,390.60