Iqaluit to receive 3 new transitional housing projects
Properties will be converted to create 21 housing units for Inuit women and children
Three new transitional housing projects for Inuit women and children will be created in Iqaluit, the federal government announced Monday.
By converting three existing properties in the city, the new projects — called Maittuq, Saimavik and Immilijuq House — will provide 21 supportive and transitional housing units, including eight spaces for women and children with intellectual disabilities or mental illness.
So far, the locations of the three properties have not been released.
They’ll be managed by the YWCA Agvik Society, the Iqaluit non-profit that already operates two women’s shelters in Iqaluit.
“These projects will serve at-risk individuals in the community and ensure that they do not have to relocate out of the territory to access much-needed support services,” states a news release from the federal government.
YWCA-Agvik applied for funding for the new spaces under the federal government’s National Housing Co-Investment Fund. For its part, the federal government is contributing $2.7 million to the projects.
Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. also contributed $750,000, while the Qikiqtani Inuit Association provided $1.4 million. YWCA-Agvik gave $217,333.
It should be reported that these units are/will be occupied by women whom have fled violence outside of Iqaluit. Majority of the clients accepted come from other communities. Work with communities to establish similar homes in other communities.
21 units… three properties… might this be the 21-Plex??