We know that secure housing – whether it’s temporary or long-term – is the vital first step for many women to break the cycles of homelessness, poverty, and abuse. And, we know that the demand is rising for affordable housing in Ottawa.
That’s why we are planning a beautiful new housing community that will provide a comforting home for women who need moderate support. The women who move into this new space in Ottawa’s west will be transitioning out of crisis, but will still need some help living in the community.
The Sisters of Jeanne d’Arc are entrusting Cornerstone with the residence they have used as their “Mother House” for many years. This will allow the sisters to continue their legacy of helping women in need.
The space is round and warm with a big open entryway that was built so the house would feel like walking into open welcome arms. It has a peaceful back courtyard, a big yard with a lovely swing, and was created as a sanctuary for all who enter.
The Sisters, Cornerstone Housing for Women, architect Barry Hobin and Uniform Urban Developments have come together for the redevelopment of this space into 42 supportive housing apartments for women. All parties care deeply about the Westboro community and want to see this space used in an inspiring way. It’s an ideal partnership! The Sisters are named after Joan of Arc, who was a freedom fighter for women and at Cornerstone we have also been focused on empowering women for the last 30 years.
This exciting renovation is set to begin in the summer of 2017. The architect for the project will be Anthony Leaning of CSV Architects. When it’s completed, Cornerstone will have a brand new, transformative space that women can come to turn their lives around.
Together with help from this caring community, Cornerstone must raise $1.5 million in 2017 to make this residence a reality.
“ The community is welcoming this new initiative. Sometimes when people don’t know a lot about social issues, a stigma can develop. But it’s nice to hear that the neighbourhood surrounding the new residence has been so supportive.”