Media Release

June 30, 2017
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Building Hope through Safe Affordable Housing in St. John's

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.

The Honourable Dwight Ball, Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador was joined by 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), to make the announcement today at the proposed site for the new centre.

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. 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.

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“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

“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

“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, Salvation Army - Newfoundland and Labrador Division

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Learn more
Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation – www.cmhc.ca external link

Salvation Army, Newfoundland and Labrador Division – www.salvationarmy.ca/newfoundland/ external link

Newfoundland and Labrador Housing Corporation – www.nlhc.nl.ca/ external link

Follow on Twitter @GovNL external link, @NLHousing external linkand @CMHC_ca external link

Media contacts
Michelle Cannizzaro
Office of the Premier
709-729-3960
michellecannizzaro@gov.nl.ca

Émilie Gauduchon
Press Secretary
Office of Minister Duclos
819-654-5546
Emilie.Gauduchon@hrsdc-rhdcc.gc.ca

Natalie Chavarie
Public Affairs Advisor
Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation
902-426-4262
nchavari@cmhc-schl.gc.ca

Jenny Bowring
Newfoundland and Labrador Housing Corporation
709-724-3055
jmbowring@nlhc.nl.ca