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Feds providing over $450,000 for transitional housing in Kitchener

Water Street House will provide housing to nine men and women in need
August 22 2019 announcement
Photo from @RajSainiMP on Twitter

The federal government has announced almost $465,000 to support a transitional housing project in Kitchener.

The announcement, which was made Thursday, will come from the National Housing Co-Investment Fund.

Water Street House will provide transitional housing to nine men and women in need.

It will be owned and operated by The Working Centre and will feature 24 hour on-site medical, as well as healing supports and services.

"The facility at 115 Water offers an innovative relationship-based service and interim housing model for people facing homelessness and complex health issues. It is a part of the growing integration in our community and a great example of partners and funders, The Working Centre, House of Friendship and the Inner City Health Alliance working together to address a need in Waterloo Region." Regional Councillor, Elizabeth Clarke said in a release.

"We are grateful that CMHC (Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation) has stepped forward to assist The Working Centre to build this needed housing project that supports those living on the streets and dealing with complex health issues including addictions." added Joe Mancini with The Working Centre.

Other groups who have supported the project include the Savvas Chamberlain fund, Waterloo Region Crossing Trek, as well as other local donors.

The Working Centre was established in 1982 as a response to unemployment and poverty in downtown Kitchener. 

They also operate the Job Search Resource Centre, St. John's Kitchen and Outreach, as well as Affordable Supportive Housing.


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