Denise Hillier, acting executive director of Stella’s Circle, and Paul Davis, the provincial Minister Responsible for the Newfoundland and Labrador Housing Corporation, speak today during a funding announcement in St. John’s. — Photo by Joe Gibbons/The Telegram
Nineteen community-based organizations operating 26 projects throughout the province will share $3.9 million being provided through Newfoundland and Labrador Housing Corporation’s (NLHC) Supportive Living Program, it was announced today.
“The provincial government is pleased to provide funding and partner with non-profit community agencies and Community Advisory Boards to help address homelessness and provide support to our province’s most vulnerable citizens,” Paul Davis, Minister Responsible for NLHC, said in a news release.
“These investments will help to expand supportive living projects and enhance street outreach and drop-in resource centres.”
The Supportive Living Program supports a “housing first” approach, recognizing that housing stability is critical to enhancing wellness, inclusion and self-sufficiency.
Provincial Government funding has increased for this program, from $1.2 million in 2009 to $4.8 million in 2013.
“The Supportive Living Program funding will enable our organization to continue to serve adults with barriers, as well as those in institutional settings in our province who are challenged to find safe, secure housing,” said Denise Hillier, acting executive director, Stella’s Circle.
“Daily, we see the impact that having a home of one's own can have on an individual's wellness and ability to respond to other issues in life.”
Stella’s Circle received approximately $500,000 in funding for the Brian Martin Housing Resource Centre to enhance counselling, advocacy and other support services to help people find and maintain secure housing. The centre has provided housing services to more than 800 individuals since opening in 2009.