Funding announced to redevelop the
Over $1-million in funding was announced today to redevelop the Wiseman
Centre facility for older males, aged 30-65. The funding
is being made available to the operators of the Wiseman Centre, the
Army- Newfoundland and Labrador East Division, through the Government
Canada’s National Homelessness Initiative.
Wiseman Centre in St. John’s
In addition, Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC)
and Labrador Housing Corporation (NLHC) will cost-share a $500,000
under the Canada/Newfoundland and Labrador Affordable Housing
and $240,000 under the Shelter Enhancement Program. Through NLHC, the
has also conveyed the Wiseman Centre property, valued at $396,000, to
Salvation Army. The Salvation Army will also contribute $739,658
a variety of funding sources; further in-kind support ($515,570) has
forthcoming from the corporate community. Additionally,
$600,000 per year will be provided by the provincial Department of
Resources, Labour and Employment along with other contributions for
The announcement was made today by the Honourable John Efford,
Minister and Member of Parliament for Avalon, on behalf of the
Joe Fontana, Minister of Labour and Housing; Honourable Joan Burke,
of Human Resources, Labour and Employment; and Minister responsible for
Newfoundland and Labrador Housing Corporation; Major Raymond Rowe,
and Labrador East Divisional Commander of the Salvation Army and Major
Jim Champ Assistant Chief Secretary for the Salvation Army Canada and
Territory. Mayor Andy Wells also brought greetings on behalf of
city of St. John’s.
“It is encouraging to see partners come together for
like the Wiseman Centre,” said Minister Efford. “The Government
Canada is proud to invest in helping people, especially those who seek
shelter and support as a result of very challenging
Minister Burke said, “We will be able to better serve people
as a result of the newly refurbished facility. I know it will be
welcomed by everyone concerned, and I want to thank everyone associated
with this important project. It’s a real example of partnerships
and I am pleased that my department is able to play a role in making
“This project we are celebrating today is a very important one
city. It’s another example of the Salvation Army extending their
compassion and social service to people in difficult
Congratulations to everyone associated with this undertaking,” said
“This is a proud and significant day for the Salvation Army.
Centre project, when completed, will provide a safe shelter with
supports for older men in the St. John’s area. It’s a real need that
now be addressed,” said Major Rowe.
The funding from the National Homelessness Initiative and
CMHC, in partnership
with Newfoundland and Labrador Housing Corporation, is specifically
used to redevelop and provide 20 self-contained shelter units, and 10
housing units, for older males. The centre will be owned and
by the Salvation Army, with operating support from the provincial
department of Human Resources, Labour and Employment.
The Wiseman Centre was established in 1987 as an umbrella
for shelters and safe houses in Newfoundland and Labrador. It
as a liaison between shelters and government, and provides a
view of shelter interests.
The Wiseman Centre
Owned and operated by The Salvation Army, Newfoundland and
East Division, the Wiseman Centre is the primary shelter for males aged
30 – 65. The project to refurbish the historic property meets the
priority within the local community's homelessness plan of "enhancing
options for vulnerable populations."
The objectives of the project are:
The activities to be undertaken at the Wiseman Centre include
the existing structure to accommodate 20 shelter units, as well as the
construction of 10 new transitional housing units. These activities
provide sustainable capacity and enable the Salvation Army to address
by providing safe and secure housing arrangements for homeless men in
community. The Salvation Army will also be developing and implementing
a comprehensive continuum of supports and services to meet the needs of
the homeless male population using the facility.
- To develop 20 self-contained, furnished shelter units with
kitchen and recreational space operated by the Salvation Army in
with the provincial Department of Human Resources, Labour and
- To enhance housing and life skills opportunities for males
supports, with access to services offered through partnering agencies
other community services.
- To create 10 supportive housing units, particularly for men
mental illness. All common spaces and at least one housing unit will be
- To provide supportive services through a staffing and
that will assist tenants to live as independently as possible.
- To assist and empower men living in both the shelter and
in the development of basic life skills such as hygiene, cooking,
budgeting — and where possible — employment readiness.
For more information, contact:
Regional Manager Communications
The Salvation Army
Newfoundland and Labrador East Division
Corporate Communications, NLHC