May 3, 2010
BOUCTOUCHE (CNB) - Victims of domestic violence in the Sainte-Anne-de-Kent area can now receive housing and recovery services for up to one year at Oasis House.
Premier Shawn Graham and Senator Rose-May Poirier officially opened the facility today along with Social Development Minister Kelly Lamrock.
"The provincial government is pleased to provide support to this project as part of our poverty reduction plan," said Graham. "Our goal is to make it possible for every New Brunswicker to meet their basic needs and live with dignity, in security and good health. Women who are fleeing a violent home need a nurturing atmosphere free of abuse for themselves and their children and Oasis House can provide that environment for them."
"Our government is helping women who need support to escape violent situations," said Poirier. "We are proud to support community efforts that help find local solutions for those who are at risk of homelessness. Through this investment, the Centre de prévention de la violence familiale de Kent will be able to provide transitional housing and support services for women and children who have been victims of domestic violence and are at risk of homelessness."
Poirier attended on behalf of Diane Finley, federal minister of human resources and skills development and minister responsible for the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation.
The Centre de prévention de la violence familiale de Kent received federal funding of almost $153,000 through the Government of Canada's Homelessness Partnering Strategy, and slightly more than $162,000 through the federal/provincial Shelter Enhancement Program. The funding was used for renovations to the second floor of an existing facility, and to construct three longer-term housing units, named Oasis House. Renovations also included the creation of office space for counseling, installation of a camera security system and other building upgrades to meet fire safety regulations.
"The Centre de prévention de la violence familiale de Kent gratefully acknowledges the financial support of the provincial and federal governments," said centre director Angèle Losier. "We are pleased to be able to offer aid to women victims of violence through Oasis House. This new facility complements the services already established in Kent."
The availability of safe and stable housing and related support is an important element in helping homeless individuals achieve greater self-sufficiency and a better quality of life. The federal Homelessness Partnering Strategy provides long-term support and transitional housing to help people break the cycle of homelessness.
The Shelter Enhancement Program offers funds to assist in the repair and improvement of existing shelters, and to assist in the acquisition or construction of new shelters and second-stage housing for victims of family violence.
Federal funding for the project was provided through Canada's Economic Action Plan.
MEDIA CONTACTS: Tracey Burkhardt, director of communications, Department of Social Development, 506-444-2416; Michelle Bakos, press secretary, Office of Minister Finley, 819-994-2482; Andrea Scott, communications, Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, 604-737-4064; media relations office, Human Resources and Skills Development Canada, 819-994-5559.