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Funding drive for new residence to address homelessness in Ottawa

In Ottawa, Ontario, the Shepherds of Good Hope Foundation is spearheading a transformative project with the launch of a fundraising campaign for an innovative eight-storey facility at 216 Murray St., designed to address homelessness head-on. Set for completion in 2025, this building will become a haven for 48 individuals, with a focus on Indigenous women and those enduring chronic homelessness, providing them with a stable and secure place to call home.

This comprehensive approach includes around-the-clock support services, a cutting-edge community kitchen, and a versatile drop-in center, aiming to foster a sense of stability and community. Highlighting a landmark effort in the Foundation’s history since its founding in 1983, this project emerges as the sixth supportive living facility in Ottawa orchestrated by the organization. It stands testament to the organization’s effective model, evidenced by the fact that over 99% of residents moving from shelters to Shepherds’ housing sustain their living situations.

The upcoming facility is designed to cater specifically to Indigenous peoples affected by homelessness, integrating 48 specialized housing units alongside top-tier amenities like a modern community kitchen and an extensive day-long drop-in service. This development marks a pivotal advancement in combating homelessness in Ottawa.

The fundraising effort was significantly bolstered by a $1-million contribution from the Taggart Parkes Foundation, with Chris Taggart of Tamarack Developments and Tartan Homes, and his spouse, Mary, editor-in-chief of Ottawa at Home, leading the campaign. As a gesture of appreciation, the Foundation’s transitional shelter at 256 King Edward Ave. has been rededicated as the Taggart Parkes Family Community Hub, recognizing its critical role in providing emergency and harm reduction services.

Supported by municipal, provincial, and federal investments, this initiative underscores a collective commitment to eradication of homelessness. The Foundation invites the community to play a role in this crucial project.

With a holistic approach, the Foundation’s programs are tailored to meet a broad spectrum of needs, supporting individuals across all demographics, including seniors, through comprehensive services that address mental health, trauma, and addiction. Personalized support empowers residents towards self-reliance, while connecting them with vital community services. These efforts underscore a commitment to those at risk of or experiencing homelessness, ensuring a spectrum of care that adapts to diverse needs and life stages. For more information or to support this campaign, visit www.216murray.ca

Source: 216Murray, Ottawa Citizen