Today marks the official public announcement and launch of the renovation phase toward the opening of second stage housing in Lanark County, in part, made possible through funding from the Ontario Trillium Foundation.
Over the next six months, Lanark County Interval House will work with local leadership and with significant community support, to prepare and open second stage housing. This housing will support women and their children who have fled abusive situations and are working toward a future free of violence.
As a leader in, and the only dedicated anti-violence agency in the County, Lanark County Interval House continues to work to empower women in their efforts to live a life free from violence, navigate systems, seek justice and heal from trauma.
The plan is to host apartment units in the town of Carleton Place, with a plan for growth. Women and their children can reside in this affordable housing for approximately 1 year. They will have support and resources as they navigate toward a safer future, empowered to self-determine their outcomes and direction. “This is an amazing opportunity for women and their children. The community has embraced the initiative and the local leadership is inspiring as women’s needs continue to be valued and recognized across sectors both public and private, and within our communities” Erin Lee, agency Executive Director
This program will launch by the summer of 2018 and will remain confidential as it relates to location and service participants to ensure safety. Other such programs exist across the province and have demonstrated success and safety for residents and their new communities and this is the first of its kind in Lanark County.
An agency of the Government of Ontario, the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) is one of Canada’s largest granting foundations. With a budget of over $136 million, OTF awards grants to some 1,000 projects every year to build healthy and vibrant Ontario communities. www.otf.ca.