The federal government has committed to invest over $3.65 million to address homelessness in Ottawa, according to the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC).
The fund will be used for the Shepherds of Good Hope’s Montreal Road Supportive Housing Build project. The project will provide 42 affordable homes to those who have experienced chronic homelessness and require 24-hour services.
"Our government is dedicated to helping those in need, which is why we are proud to be investing in this project,” said Mona Fortier, member of parliament for Ottawa-Vanier. “The Montreal Road Supportive Housing Build will help some of the most vulnerable in our community by providing a safe place to call home for those who have experienced homelessness.”
Shepherds of Good Hope is a charitable organization that helps stabilize people at risk of homelessness through specialized shelter programs and provides permanent homes with on-site, around-the-clock support in its housing facilities.
“Our innovative supportive housing model is specifically designed to meet the complex needs of homeless adults who have experienced trauma, resulting in mental health challenges and addictions," said Deirdre Freiheit, Shepherds of Good Hope’s president and CEO.
Aside from providing homes to the homeless, the project aims to achieve energy savings of 39.4% and a 27.3% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions compared to the current National Energy Code of Canada for Buildings (NECB 2015).