CHILLIWACK – A valuable resource for people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness in Chilliwack today received another funding boost from the Province of British Columbia.
Ruth & Naomi’s Mission, which opened its 46130
Margaret Ave. location in February, provides up to 20 emergency
shelter spaces as well as up to 25 beds in shared transitional
housing with support services for men and women who may otherwise
be homeless. The mission also provides daily meal service for up to
Strong community partnerships contributed to the success of the
project, including donated materials and labour during
John Les, MLA for Chilliwack, announced provincial capital funding
of $387,000 at the February opening event. Today’s
announcement provides an annual operating subsidy of $175,000 to
Ruth & Naomi’s Mission Society to help provide
transitional housing tenants with access to training, schooling and
Rich Coleman, Minister of Energy and Mines and Minister
Responsible for Housing –
“Safe housing is an important first step
towards permanently helping people who are homeless. We also need
to find ways to provide services that enable them to rebuild their
lives. Today’s funding will help to do both
– creating a pathway to a happy, healthy future for the
John Les, MLA for Chilliwack –
“The Ruth & Naomi Mission provides a
much-needed resource for people who are homeless or at risk of
homelessness in our community. I commend the society for bringing
partners to the table who will work together to ensure a brighter
future for individuals in Chilliwack who need our help the
Wayne Massey, board chair, Ruth & Naomi Mission Society
“As a realtor, I have dedicated my career to
helping people find homes that they will love. But we must always
remember that there are people in our community who need a
different kind of help finding a home. The Ruth & Naomi Mission
is a fine example of what we can accomplish as a community
– and I want to thank the Province for their support of
Province provides additional funds for Chilliwack homeless
April 10th, 2012
Over the last decade, the Province has invested $2.8 billion to provide affordable housing for low income individuals, seniors and families. This year, more than 95,000 B.C. households will benefit from provincial social housing programs and services.
In 2010/11 the Province invested over $8.3 million to provide subsidized housing and rent supplements for 1,098 Chilliwack households.
The Vision of Ruth & Naomi’s Mission is to serve and share the gospel to establish a connection between the church, the business community and street culture.
Visit www.bchousing.org/Initiatives/Creating/PHI to learn more about provincial programs and services to address homelessness.
To read how the provincial housing strategy is helping British Columbians, visit:
To learn more about Ruth & Naomi’s Mission visit www.ruthandnaomis.ca