People who need support to live independently now have access to 10 new affordable housing units built and operated by the Community Mental Health Initiative (CMHI) in Corner Brook.
An official opening was held today to begin operations at a $1.6-million supportive living apartment complex, called Summit Place.
The federal and provincial governments contributed equally to a $1-million investment through the Canada-Newfoundland and Labrador Affordable Housing Program agreement.
Newfoundland and Labrador Housing Corp. (NLHC) provided $350,000 through its Supportive Living Program and Provincial Homelessness Fund as well as $147,000 that will be provided annually through NLHC‘s Supportive Living Program to employ staff at the facility, including a mental health support worker, a housing support worker and a part-time maintenance worker. CMHI also received $331,573 through Human Resources and Skills Development Canada’s Homelessness Partnering Strategy.
Intergovernmental Affairs Minister Peter Penashue and Tom Hedderson, provincial minister responsible for the NLHC made the announcement today.
“Our government is proud to be investing in these new units here in Corner Brook,” said Penashue. “Summit Place will provide access to safe, affordable housing for people with special needs and for them, a place to call home.”
Hedderson said he's pleased with the level of investment the province is making to provide supportive housing through NLHC.
“One of our main social housing plan objectives is to develop partnerships throughout the province that provide a greater range of supportive living options for individuals with complex needs. I have every confidence that our partnership with the Community Mental Health Initiative and the development of Summit Place will help many people in need of safe affordable housing in Corner Brook.”
Summit Place, located on Premier Drive in Corner Brook opened in July.
Founded in 1994 and incorporated in 1996, the CMHI is a non-profit community-based organization comprised of representatives from professional agencies, community groups and people who access mental health services, who work together to address mental health needs in the Corner Brook, Bay of Islands and Deer Lake areas.
“CMHI is thrilled to see Summit Place finally opened,” said Jade Mahoney, co-ordinator for CMHI. “We have received such positive feedback from tenants, neighbours and the community-at-large. It’s important to note that Summit Place provides more than just housing to 10 individuals; we have staff on site who offer various programs, including mental health and housing support to the tenants as well as the broader community.”