January 12, 2022 – Ottawa, ON - Cornerstone Housing for Women returns to its original shelter location in Centertown after thirteen months of temporary shelter solutions. Cornerstone will be returning with 53 women.
In December of 2020, Cornerstone was relocated to the Friel Physical Distancing Centre, a University of Ottawa residence, in order to complete much-needed lifecycle updates on Cornerstone’s emergency shelter; support more women experiencing homelessness in the city; to allow for physical distancing. Cornerstone went from supporting 61 women to 125 in 2 months.
At the end of June 2021, Cornerstone worked with the City of Ottawa and transitioned 107 women to a new temporary location at a community center in Alta Vista.
Cornerstone’s emergency shelter in Centretown offers food service, showers, dining, community space, and access to computers, Wi-Fi, and television. However, it does not meet the emergency housing needs of vulnerable women and gender-diverse individuals in Ottawa. Cornerstone is committed to working with our partners to provide safe, supportive housing for women in Ottawa.
Cornerstone saw an increase in 102% of women needing shelter during the pandemic. We still haven’t seen the full effects of this pandemic on vulnerable women in the city.
The need for shelter continues to rise, especially as we enter the winter months. COVID-19 does not seem to be going away any time soon, “We’re committed to ensuring no woman/person is left behind,” says Sarah Davis, executive director of Cornerstone Housing for Women. “Every person in Ottawa deserves a dignified place to live and that’s what we aim to do every day.”
“We’re grateful to be returning back to our neighbourhood, in a building known to us,” says Davis. “These three moves would not have been possible without the City staff, our dedicated staff team, who continue to provide quality care to vulnerable women amongst the challenges of working frontline in a pandemic, and all of the volunteers and community partners who helped make these moves successful. We’d also like to thank the community for welcoming and supporting us throughout these moves.”
Due to COVID-19 safety regulations, and the rapidly spreading omicron variant we kindly request that media book a time for any interviews with our Executive Director, Sarah Davis on January 13th between 10:30 am - 1:00 pm.
For more information please contact:
Resource Development Manager
Cornerstone Housing for Women