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NEWS RELEASE COMMUNIQUÉ

For Immediate Release
2013MNGD0047-001892
Dec. 18, 2013

Ministry of Natural Gas Development
And Responsible for Housing
Minister of Employment and Social Development Canada

 

 

New supportive housing for women underway on North Shore

 

NORTH VANCOUVER – Construction began today on a new nine-bed supportive recovery development for women with substance addictions in North Vancouver. Funding for the building is provided by the governments of Canada and British Columbia, along with the District of North Vancouver and community partners.

 

“Through investments in affordable housing, our Government is providing assistance to those who need it most here in B.C. and in all corners of the country,” said Andrew Saxton, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Finance and Member of Parliament for North Vancouver, on behalf of the Honourable Candice Bergen, Minister of State for Social Development. “We are committed to making communities stronger through projects like these. We remain focused on four priorities, as outlined by the Prime Minister, that Canadians care about most: their families, the safety of our streets and communities, their pride in being a citizen of this country, and of course, their personal financial security.”

 

“There is currently no licensed recovery housing for women on the North Shore, however, our partnership with Turning Point will change that today,” said Naomi Yamamoto, Minister of State for Tourism and Small Business and MLA for North Vancouver-Lonsdale. “Once this project opens, women from our community will have access to the help they need to overcome their personal challenges of addiction while being close to families and friends for added support.”

 

The governments of Canada and B.C. will provide a combined investment of $500,000 through the Federal-Provincial Housing initiative, under the Canada-B.C. Investment in Affordable Housing 2011-2014 Agreement. The District of North Vancouver is providing financial support through a community lease on land valued at $975,000, as well as other exemptions. Turning Point Recovery Society has raised over $150,000 toward the project and will continue fundraising.

 

“With this facility we’re responding to a vital need for recovery housing here on the North Shore. It’s important that women in our community have access to the services they need, right here at home,” said North Vancouver District Mayor Richard Walton. “The groundbreaking on this facility represents months of hard work from North Vancouver District, Turning Point, North Shore Substance Abuse Working Group and other community partners.”

 

The project, located at 2670 Lloyd Ave. in North Vancouver, will accommodate a maximum of nine women with one bedroom designated for a live-in support worker. Priority placement will be given to women from the North Shore. Vancouver Coastal Health will provide $40,000 in annual operational funding for program operations onsite. Turning Point Recovery Society will manage and operate the women’s recovery home and provide counselling, education, support and other program services for the clients.

 

“Vancouver Coast Health is pleased to work with Turning Point to support and empower women in their recovery journey and to live a healthy, substance-free life," said Elizabeth Stanger, director, Coastal Mental Health & Addiction Services.

 

We provide a safe and supportive environment free of judgment which is crucial in the journey towards a life free of drugs and alcohol,” said Brenda Plant, executive director, Turning Point Recovery Society. “With the help of the North Shore Substance Abuse Working Group, Turning Point embarked on this project five years ago with the goal of helping women — our daughters, mothers, sisters and neighbours — fight through their battle with substance abuse. I’d like to extend our thanks to all of our government partners who have helped this project become a reality and to the North Shore community who, understanding the need for our services, have been so supportive and welcoming.

 

The Federal-Provincial Housing initiative is a component of the $180-million Investment in Affordable Housing (IAH) 2011-2014 Agreement between the governments of Canada and British Columbia, which was announced in July 2011. With matching contributions of $90 million from both levels of government, this total combined investment helps to support affordable housing programs for B.C. residents.

 

Annually, the Government of Canada, through Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC), will invest approximately $2 billion in housing. Of this amount, $1.7 billion will be spent in support of close to 594,000 households living in existing social housing. In British Columbia, this represents an estimated 68,050 households. The remaining funding supports housing-related activities and affordable housing programs, including the Investment in Affordable Housing.

 

These investments are improving the quality of life for low-income Canadians and households living in existing social housing, including individuals who are homeless or at-risk of homelessness, seniors, persons with disabilities, recent immigrants and Aboriginal people.

 

Economic Action Plan 2013 continues this commitment with a federal investment of more than $1.25 billion over five years to renew the Investment in Affordable Housing to 2019. The Government of Canada will ensure that funds provided to provinces and territories support the use of apprentices, which will support training of skilled labour. More than 146,769 households across Canada are no longer in housing need as a result of funding provided under the IAH from April 1, 2011 to June 30, 2013.

 

To find out more about how the Government of Canada and CMHC are working to build stronger homes and communities for all Canadians, call CMHC at 1 800 668-2642 or visit: www.cmhc-schl.gc.ca

 

Since 2001, the Government of B.C. has invested $3.6 billion to provide affordable housing for low-income individuals, seniors and families. This year, more than 98,000 B.C. households will benefit from provincial social housing programs and services. To find out more, visit: www.bchousing.org

 

A backgrounder follows.

 

 

Media Contacts:

 

Fergus McCann

BC Housing

778 452-6445

 

Andrea Scott

CMHC Communications

BC Region

604 737-4064

Andrew McGrath
A/Director of Communications
Office of the Minister of State (Social Development)
819 953-2350

andrew.mcgrath@hrsdc-rhdcc.gc.ca

 

 

Connect with the Province of B.C. at: www.gov.bc.ca/connect

 


 

 

BACKGROUNDER

For Immediate Release
2013MNGD0047-001892
Dec. 18, 2013

Ministry of Natural Gas Development
And Responsible for Housing
Minister of Employment and Social Development Canada

 

 

2670 Lloyd Avenue

 

The new nine-bed women’s support recovery house will be located at 2670 Lloyd Ave. in North Vancouver. The site previously was home to a single-family house that was rented out by the District of North Vancouver.

 

The two-storey building will provide a total of 10 bedroom units with one bedroom assigned to a live-in support worker. The main floor will consist of an open floor plan with a living room, dining room and kitchen. The upper floor will provide eight-bedroom units and two bathrooms. The home will also include a counselling office, a small library/den for the clients to use, a caretaker unit and an accessible bedroom unit on the main floor.

 

Construction is estimated to be complete spring 2014.

 

Partners and Funding:

 

The total capital cost for the development is approximately $2 million.

·         The governments of Canada and B.C. will provide a combined investment of $500,000 through the Federal-Provincial Housing Initiative, under the Investment in Affordable Housing.

·         The Government of B.C. will arrange up to $409,394 in construction financing for the project.

·         The District of North Vancouver is providing financial support through a community lease on land valued at $975,000, as well as other exemptions.

·         Turning Point Recovery Society has raised over $150,000 toward the project and will continue fundraising.

 

Operational funding:

·         Vancouver Coastal Health will provide $40,000 in funding for the clinical operations onsite.

 

Turning Point Recovery Society

 

Turning Point Recovery Society is a non-profit organization that seeks to improve the health and well-being of individuals with addiction issues, their families and the communities we serve, through a continuum of residential and community-based support services, education and leadership.

 

To find out more visit, www.turningpointrecovery.com

 

 

Media Contacts:

 

Fergus McCann

BC Housing

778 452-6445

 

Andrea Scott

CMHC Communications

BC Region

604 737-4064

Andrew McGrath
A/Director of Communications
Office of the Minister of State (Social Development)
819 953-2350

andrew.mcgrath@hrsdc-rhdcc.gc.ca

 

 

Connect with the Province of B.C. at: www.gov.bc.ca/connect