Victoria, BC – The Capital Regional District (CRD) Board today approved the allocation of $400,000 from the federal Homelessness Partnering Strategy (HPS) for Rosalie’s Village transitional housing project. The funding will support three Legacy Units within a 42 unit facility in Saanich. The units will be available for single mothers with young children, women who have experienced domestic violence, and older women who do not qualify for senior’s housing programs.
“Supporting Rosalie’s Village in Saanich is one of the ways the CRD is working to provide accessible, attainable housing and support for our vulnerable populations,” said CRD Board Chair Alastair Bryson. “Poverty, violence and aging are all challenges that contribute to homelessness in the region. Rosalie’s Village will make a real difference for women and families living in poverty.”
HPS promotes housing first and recognizes that people need stable, long-term housing with supports in order to prevent and reduce homelessness. HPS funding will help to leverage other funding sources for the $12.7 million project.
“We are pleased to partner with The Capital Regional District on this important project,” said the Honourable Candice Bergen, Minister of State (Social Development). “While the overall focus of our Homelessness Partnering Strategy is Housing First, a major strength of the Strategy is the flexibility that local communities retain. The Rosalie’s Village Project is good example of how we work with our partners so that funding is targeted towards local needs and priorities.”
The Society of Saint Vincent de Paul of Vancouver Island is contributing the land and has already raised over $500,000 in donations. They are looking to the community for an additional $700,000.
“We are very excited that the CRD has awarded Rosalie’s Village $400,000 in HPS funding,” said Angela Hudson, Executive Director, Society of Saint Vincent de Paul. “Rosalie’s Village will provide a home and childcare for at risk mothers while they work on their plan to independence. There is no time limit for the residency, for some women it might be six months for others it might be three years, the most important aspect is the focus on assisting the women with independence for themselves and their children, whatever that might look like.”
The CRD serves as the Community Entity for Greater Victoria under the federal Homelessness Partnering Strategy program. Under the five year agreement, the CRD carries out due diligence and provides funding for capital and service projects within the region. The Greater Victoria Coalition to End Homelessness acts as the Community Advisory Board (CAB) for the program. The CAB develops a Community Plan, identifies community priorities, and makes recommendations on project selection.
“Rosalie’s Village is on the Priority Housing Project List for the CRD,” said Chair Bryson. “The Priority Housing Project List includes important housing projects that the Coalition has evaluated and set as a priority for our region.”
The CRD is a local government that delivers 200+ regional, sub-regional and local services for residents of the region which includes 13 municipalities and three electoral areas within 2370 square kilometres on southern Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands. Governed by a 24 member Board of Directors, the CRD is working to serve the public, and build a vibrant, livable and sustainable region.
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