The federal and provincial governments are putting $2.9 million toward the construction of 15 units of housing in Sault Ste. Marie, which will ensure more Indigenous women and children have access to affordable housing.
“Our government is committed to providing more Canadians with a home that meets their needs and they can afford,” says Sault Ste Marie MP Terry Sheehan. “This housing will transform the old St. Bernadette Catholic School and keep it as a vital part of our Sault Ste. Marie community providing the necessary supports to assist Indigenous women and their families in moving forward in their lives.”
The development at 462 McNabb Street is supported by the Urban Indigenous Homeward Bound program run through the Friendship Centre in Sault Ste Marie. Onsite child and family care are provided by Waabinong Head Start and Family Resource Centre.
“This project is an example of strong partnerships coming together to support the most vulnerable and create more homes for people who need it most,” says Sault Ste Marie MPP Ross Romano. “By transforming the old St. Bernadette Catholic School into affordable housing units, our government is supporting Indigenous women and their families.”
Homeward Bound provides independent affordable housing along with services and supports including childcare, life skills, assistance in obtaining a post-secondary education, employment mentoring through an industry council and transition to independence.
By: Mike McDonald, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter