Local groups get $9.5 million for supportive housing in Ottawa

In a move to tackle homelessness in Ottawa, the Ontario government has announced it will spend over $9.5 million on the development of more than 100 supportive housing units in the city.

The funding will support a total of three projects by Shepherds of Good Hope, Cornerstone Housing for Women and the Ottawa Mission’s Florence Street Rooming House, the province announced Wednesday. The aim of all three is to provide stable housing and comprehensive support services for individuals experiencing or at risk of homelessness.

At 216 Murray Street, nearly $4.7 million will go to a Shepherds of Good Hope project creating 48 studio apartments, with at least 24 rooms reserved for Indigenous people and four for women. The eight-storey building, located in the Lowertown neighbourhood, is to give residents access to a dining room with meals included, a lounge, on-site laundry and 24/7 staff support. The ground floor will feature a new community meal center and indoor/outdoor drop-in space open to the public, according to a news release from the province.

Cornerstone Housing for Women will get almost $4.2 million for a four-storey building at 44 Eccles Street that will include 46 studio apartments, each of them equipped with a private washroom and a kitchenette. Twelve units will be fully accessible. Residents of the new project will have access to staff support, health assistance, medication management, counselling, mental health services and other long-term housing essentials.

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