The Community Housing Fund, a partnership between the PEI Division of the Canadian Mental Health Association and the Province of PEI, provides financial support to non-profits, community-based service organizations, municipalities and the private sector to develop affordable housing projects. There are three main categories for funding: capacity building and research; project management; and construction and development.
Fund Recipients 2020
The total value of these housing investments is $3 million
Blooming House Women’s Shelter Inc.
Blooming House provides safe, overnight shelter for women in PEI. This shelter serves as a low-barrier, harm-reduction, safe space open to any woman over the age of 19 or anyone who identifies as a woman. This funding will help to hire a part-time executive director to assist in expanding services and develop a five-year strategic plan.
Cymbria Lions Club
Since receiving its charter in 1974, the Cymbria Lions Club has been a leader in charitable endeavours servicing the Oyster Bed Bridge, Wheatley River, Cymbria and Rustico area. This funding will support the construction of a 12-unit affordable housing development for seniors in South Rustico on land next to the existing Lions Club Community Centre.
Harbourview Training Centre
Harbourview Training Centre is a non-governmental organization located in Souris which provides employment and job training as well as a broad range of support services for clients with an intellectual disability. This funding will support the construction of supportive housing for 10-12 individuals with intellectual disabilities.
The mission of Harvest House PEI is to offer a variety of programs for men and women who struggle with addictions and unhealthy lifestyles by providing life skills training, education and spiritual well-being. Since 1998, Harvest House has operated an outreach centre in Charlottetown. This funding will support the renovation of the second floor of Harvest House to provide transitional housing for homeless men in collaboration with Bedford-MacDonald House.
Inclusions East supports individuals with an intellectual disability and/or dual disabilities to enhance their quality of life and help them contribute and participate in all aspects of community life. This funding will support the construction of new independent living and a small options apartment for persons with intellectual disabilities. The residential units (eight 1-bedroom and one 3-bedroom) will be located in Montague.
Native Council of PEI
The Native Council of PEI (NCPEI) is the self-governing authority for Indigenous peoples residing off-reserve and represents the rights, needs and interests of status and non-status Mi’kmaq, Metis and Inuit peoples off-reserve in PEI. This funding will provide pre-construction support to NCPEI in its work to develop a 20-unit facility to service off-reserve Indigenous community members that need temporary housing support.
Parkdale Sherwood Lions Club
The Parkdale Sherwood Lions Club is a fellowship of volunteers who give their time, assistance and money to help individuals and groups who need it. This funding will support the construction of 32 affordable housing units (26 1-bedroom and 6 2-bedroom) for seniors in Sherwood.
PEI Council of People with Disabilities
The PEI Council of People with Disabilities (PEICOD) provides programs and services for Islanders living with disabilities with a mission to promote the full participation and inclusion of people with disabilities in Island society. PEICOD is partnering with Atlantic Canada Regional Council of Carpenters, Millwrights and Allied Workers in an effort to build both affordable and accessible homes and a training facility for current and future carpenters in one space. This funding will provide pre-construction support to research and develop the project design.
Queens County Residential Services
Queens County Residential Services is a non-profit organization providing day programming, employment supports, respite care and residential services and supports for persons with intellectual disabilities.This funding will support the construction of a new accessible home for six residents and one respite unit.
Town of Stratford
The towns of Cornwall and Stratford and the City of Charlottetown are recommending a land use planning and housing policy study. This funding will support the development of that study.