Media Release

August 26, 2013

$1.2 Million in Provincial Funding Will Help Fight Homelessness

A Provincial Government investment of almost $1.2 million through Newfoundland and Labrador Housing Corporation’s (NLHC) Provincial Homelessness Fund will enable 17 non-profit groups to improve services for those at risk of homelessness, the Honourable Paul Davis, Minister Responsible for NLHC, announced in St. John’s today.
 
“The Provincial Homelessness Fund supports our non-profit partners working in communities throughout the province to help people who are vulnerable to homelessness and poverty,” said Minister Davis. “We are very pleased to provide $1.2 million in funding this year which will allow our non-profit partners to improve and broaden their reach to those most in need.”
 
Since 2009, 64 grants totalling $5 million have been provided through the Provincial Homelessness Fund to 43 non-profit organizations. Under the program, registered non-profit groups can apply for funding to assist with the costs of developing space to provide on-site outreach services and promote housing stability for those at risk of homelessness.
 
Saint Luke’s Seniors Complex in St. John’s, a division of Anglican Homes Inc. and one of the 17 funding recipients, received $200,000 in Provincial Homelessness Funding to provide programming and services for both resident and non-resident seniors.
 
“This support allows us to further implement our continuum of care vision for seniors and others,” said Robert Sexty, Past Chair of the Board of Directors, Anglican Homes Inc. “Services to be offered in the space will include life skills classes, wellness programs, community cooking classes, fitness classes and visiting specialty medical clinics. The space will also allow Anglican Homes to partner with other agencies who provide programming and supports to seniors, such as the Senior’s Resource Centre.”
 
A complete list of 2013-14 Provincial Homelessness Fund 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.
 
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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

Robert Sexty
Past Chair of the Board of Directors
Anglican Homes Inc.
709-864-4514, 579-3311 (afternoons)
rsexty@mun.ca
 
BACKGROUNDER
Provincial Homelessness Fund Recipients 2013-14

Recipients Total
Iris Kirby House, St. John’s
$50,000
Anglican Homes Inc. (Saint Luke’s), St. John’s
$200,000
Labrador West Housing and Homelessness Coalition
$200,000
Parkview Apartments, Corner Brook
$150,000
The Gathering Place, St. John’s
$250,000
Stella Burry (Cabot St. Renovations), St. John’s
$50,000
Independent Living Resource Centre, St. John’s
$50,000
Jimmy Pratt Memorial Outreach Centre, St. John’s
$24,025
Salvation Army, Gander
$27,050
Salvation Army, Conception Bay South
$22,500
Committee on Family Violence, Corner Brook
$6,600
Holy Trinity Food Bank, Torbay
$10,000
Aunt Jean’s Place, Stephenville
$60,000
Church of the Good Sheppard, Mount Pearl
$25,000
Anglican Parish of Bell Island
$20,000
The HUB, St. John’s
$27,000
Tommy Sexton Centre, St. John’s
$22,155
Total
$1,194,330