Emergency Shelter Upgrades Benefit Victims of Domestic Violence
The Government of Canada, the Province of Saskatchewan and Southwest Crisis Services Inc. have partnered together to rejuvenate five units in an emergency shelter for victims of domestic violence in southwest Saskatchewan. The Governments of Canada and Saskatchewan contributed $236,000 toward the renovations, which include an enlarged kitchen, enhanced security and fire sprinkler systems, a wheelchair-accessible bedroom and bathroom, and energy-efficient heating and lighting.
Ralph Goodale, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, on behalf of Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development and Minister Responsible for Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC), along with Swift Current MLA Everett Hindley on behalf of Social Services Minister and Minister Responsible for the Saskatchewan Housing Corporation (SHC) Paul Merriman, and Southwest Crisis Services Executive Director Heather Lennox, made the announcement today.
“Safe and secure housing is the foundation for rebuilding a better life,” said Goodale. “Our government is committed to helping victims of domestic violence access stable and supportive environments from which the healing process can begin. These newly renovated, accessible units represent a fresh start for these women and their children.”
“We are pleased to work with the Government of Canada and Southwest Crisis Services Inc. to help provide safe, secure housing for vulnerable women and children in Swift Current and the surrounding area who are in crisis and need support,” Hindley said. “We remain committed to working with our partners to achieve that, and continue to keep Saskatchewan strong.”
“Southwest Crisis Services has a long history of serving women and children who are involved in domestic violence situations with the support and assistance they need to live violence-free lives,” Lennox said. “We thank the Governments of Canada and Saskatchewan for supporting this renovation project, which will ensure that women and children in crisis situations will continue to have a safe, secure and comfortable place to live in this community. We sincerely thank all our partners for their involvement.”
- The Government of Canada, through CMHC, and the Government of Saskatchewan, through SHC, jointly contributed $236,000 toward the project under the Canada-Saskatchewan Investment in Affordable Housing Agreement (Social Infrastructure Fund).
- Southwest Crisis Services Inc. has worked to alleviate and eradicate violence and abuse since 1984, when Southwest Action Group for Battered Women merged with Swift Current Sexual Assault Centre. Southwest Crisis Services Inc. provides counselling and 24-hour crisis support, in addition to Southwest Safe Shelter.
- Southwest Crisis Services Inc. opened the shelter in 1989, providing five bedrooms of emergency housing for up to 14 women and children fleeing domestic violence.
- The Government of Canada is currently rolling out its National Housing Strategy (NHS)—an ambitious 10-year, $40 billion plan that will create 100,000 new housing units and lift 530,000 families out of housing need as well as repair and renew more than 300,000 housing units and reduce chronic homelessness by 50 per cent.
- The NHS is built on strong partnerships between federal, provincial and territorial governments, and on continuous engagement with others, including municipalities, Indigenous governments and organizations, and the social and private sectors to make a meaningful difference in the lives of Canadians.
- This investment supports the Saskatchewan Housing Strategy and Poverty Reduction Strategy goal of ensuring Saskatchewan people have affordable, safe, secure and stable housing, including those who may be rebuilding their lives.
- As Canada's authority on housing, CMHC contributes to the stability of the housing market and financial system, provides support for Canadians in housing need, and offers unbiased housing research and advice to all levels of Canadian government, consumers and the housing industry. For more information, please visit www.cmhc.ca or follow us on Twitter, YouTube, LinkedIn and Facebook. To find out more about the National Housing Strategy, visit www.placetocallhome.ca.
- In October 2012, the Government of Saskatchewan released the Saskatchewan Plan for Growth: Vision 2020 and Beyond, which sets out the government’s vision for a province of 1.2 million people by 2020. The plan identifies principles, goals and actions to ensure Saskatchewan is capturing the opportunities and meeting the challenges of a growing province. Since 2007, the Government of Saskatchewan has invested more than $780 million to develop or repair more than 16,000 housing units across our province. To learn more, visit www.saskatchewan.ca.