Building a path to stability: new transitional housing to help 170 unsheltered families

Published on
February 6, 2024
Home and community
Social services
Mayor Mark Sutcliffe and event guests cut large white ribbon with Ottawa backdrop in behind.

Each night, approximately 330 families experience homelessness in Ottawa. To help reduce this number and keep children safe, the City has leased a building at 1 Corkstown Road. This four-storey building, which once served as a retirement home, is made up of 170 units and opened its doors yesterday as the Corkstown Transitional Housing Program. It is set to become a lifeline for families experiencing homelessness, providing them with the support and opportunities they need to transition to long-term housing.

Transitional housing goes beyond merely providing a safe place to stay. It incorporates a residential component coupled with a range of onsite supports designed to address the diverse needs of families.

From life skills training to newcomer support services, such as interpretation services, assistance in finding employment, employment training and aid with immigration processes, the facility is poised to be a comprehensive resource for those seeking a fresh start. Education, access to financial assistance and connections with community agencies are also integral components of the onsite programming. These services aim to equip families with the tools they need to break the cycle of homelessness and transition to long-term housing.

The City and its community partners have been working tirelessly to end homelessness in Ottawa. With ongoing efforts to build affordable housing and provide housing assistance, progress is being made. From the start of 2022 to August 2023, 840 families who were experiencing homelessness have been successfully moved to long-term housing, showcasing the positive impact of collaborative efforts between the City and its partners.

As the City continues to evolve its approach to homelessness, the Corkstown Transitional Housing Program will make a big difference in the lives of many families within our community. The program represents a safe, physical space for families to stay while they take important steps to find permanent housing, as well as providing the supports they need for long-term success.

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