FRPO and our members have supported the work of Interval House (the first shelter for abused women and children in Canada) for the past eight years, funding innovative programs and helping to provide housing and resettlement for women and their families after they leave the shelter. Interval House continues to be a leader in the campaign for women’s empowerment, providing specialized services that restore hope and help abused women and their children transform their lives and break the cycle of violence.
Through a ground-breaking transitional housing and resettlement program (Her Home Housing Project), Interval House works with FRPO members to provide rent geared to income apartments for select residents re-entering the community. Women are given a safe home in a safe neighbourhood at below-market rate for one-year, supported with counselling and home visits, as they transition to economic self-sufficiency.
Our members’ support has helped Interval House achieve some significant milestones in the past year, including:
– completing a $1.6M renovation, giving programs more space
– piloting an Opening Doors subsidy program to allow program graduates to rent in the private market
– increasing awareness of the issue of violence against women amongst the residential real estate industry
– expanding the Her Home Housing Project in 2014 to Ottawa and Hamilton
Since 2007, the Federation of Rental-housing Providers of Ontario has raised $350,000 for Interval House, enabling a real impact on the lives of women and children fleeing abuse. We are pleased to continue our partnership through 2015.