For immediate release
June 17, 2021 – Ottawa, ON - A temporary place to stay has been found for more than 100 women experiencing homelessness until a more permanent shelter and housing solution can be found.
The shelter will move temporarily to a community centre in Alta Vista, which is being set up with more than 100 beds. It will offer all the same supports as the previous temporary shelter at the University of Ottawa — food service, showers, dining space and access to computers, Wi-Fi and television. However, it does not meet any long-term needs.
“We’re very grateful to Councillor Jean Cloutier and his constituents for welcoming Cornerstone into the neighbourhood,” said Sarah Davis, executive director of Cornerstone Housing for Women. “But we need to emphasize that we can’t just keep shuttling the women from one temporary spot to another. They’re with us because they’re vulnerable and need our support in the short term but the long-term solution they need is safe, supportive permanent places to live.”
Davis said Cornerstone will keep pushing to find more permanent solutions to the housing crisis among vulnerable women. Although the COVID-19 crisis is receding for many sectors of society, it’s likely its impact on the shelter system will continue for some time to come. “We’re committed to ensuring no woman/person is left behind,” she said. “Every person in Ottawa deserves a dignified place to live.”
Davis said “There will always be a need for shelters providing emergency beds and essential services, as well as transitional places for women to live that are stable, dignified and offer case management support. However, there must also be committed efforts to create permanent, supportive housing for vulnerable women.”
Cornerstone Housing for Women is a community ministry of the Anglican Diocese of Ottawa providing emergency shelter and supportive housing for women, including seniors who can’t afford to live alone, woman fleeing abuse and new immigrants.