Women’s Community House (WCH) celebrated this past week the completion of renovations at its Second Stage Housing, providing housing for women and children who are victims of family violence.
Joe Preston, MP Elgin-Middlesex-London and Ed Holder, MP London West, joined WCH officials and representatives of the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMCHC) in making the announcement.
“Repairing and maintaining housing not only helps maintain strong and healthy communities but most importantly, it improves the quality of life for residents,” Preston said. “Our government is committed to giving a hand-up to those in need, including women and children who seek safe and supportive housing and an opportunity to move forward with their lives.”
The federal government, through CMHC, provided $127,500 to the project through the Shelter Enhancement Program (SEP).
“Through this support, we are not only helping repair housing, we are helping repair people's lives, to give them hope and give them dignity,” Holder said. “With the completion of these renovations, residents can confidently call their house their home.”
Women's Community House Second Stage Housing provides 25 bed units for women and children. Funding was provided for renovations, including new flooring and windows.
“Today is an exciting day for Women’s Community House,” said Shelley Yeo, director of transitional housing and community support programs. “Thanks to the support of CMHC and other government partners, we were able to complete much-needed renovations at our Second Stage Housing. Our Second Stage Housing provides housing for women and their children who are facing challenging situations, and it’s important for them to have a safe, well-maintained place to call home.”
WCH is a charitable non-profit organization founded in 1978 to serve the needs of abused women and their children in London and the London region. WCH is open 365 days per year, 24 hours per day and provides emergency and short-term shelter, counselling and support, second stage housing, a 24-hour helpline and transitional outreach services.
With a combined total of 67 beds at the Wellington Road and Clarke Road facilities, WCH is the largest shelter for abused women and their children in Canada.