Society of Saint Vincent de Paul (Ottawa Central Council)
Serving the poor with love, respect, justice, hope and joy!
The Ottawa Central Council (OCC) of the Society of St- Vincent de Paul has formed a partnership with the Multifaith Housing Initiative (MHI) to build a housing complex, called the Anchor, to be located at 7 Rossland Avenue in Nepean. Through various fundraising activities, the OCC aims to raise sufficient funds to cover the down payments of 4-6 apartments for Indigenous families in need. Studies have shown that Indigenous peoples are overrepresented in the homeless population in Ottawa. This project is aligned with the Diocese’s response to the Truth and Reconciliation.
Down payments on these apartments will help to lower rental fees so they are equal to the shelter allowances provided by the Ontario social assistance programs. Tenants will then be able to use their basic needs allowances for food, clothing, transportation and other needs. The SSVP will provide ongoing support to those tenants according to its mission.
The high cost of housing is the biggest single drain on the finances of low-income people. When their housing is affordable, people can pay for other basic necessities such as food, clothing, health needs and transportation. They can then achieve health and dignity, and participate more fully in the life of the community with employment and education. Affordable housing is an investment in the future of our community.
If you would like to make a tax deductible donation to this housing project, under “Please direct my donation to:” select Ottawa Multifaith Housing Initiative (MHI) https://www.imakeanonlinedonation.org/ssvp-national/DONATION/