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$2.6 million in provincial funding for supporting housing programs

By Caitlin Snow Mar 16, 2023 | 3:24 PM

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The province is investing $2.6 million in three supportive housing programs, for those who are leaving custody.

The John Howard Society will receive $1.6 million

Elizabeth Fry Society of Mainland Nova Scotia and Elizabeth Fry Society of Cape Breton will receive $950,000

Marguerite Centre $50,000

“We know safe housing and other supports are key factors to making a difference for people who are involved with the criminal justice system,” said Brad Johns, Attorney General and Minister of Justice. “Our well-established relationships with community partners help ensure at-risk Nova Scotians have a solid foundation to move forward with their lives.”

The beds as well as education, program and social work services will be provided, to help them successfully return and stay in the community.

“The decision by the Nova Scotia Government to provide Holly House with operational funding to support the safe reintegration of women and gender diverse people will directly improve outcomes for some of the province’s most vulnerable people. Holly House provides rehabilitative and reintegration programs and resources to highly vulnerable people. We are so happy to be receiving operational funding to support the safe, community-based reintegration of women and gender diverse peoples. This funding will save lives.”
– Emma Halpern, Executive Director, Elizabeth Fry Society of Mainland Nova Scotia

“The John Howard Society of Nova Scotia is pleased to continue to partner with the Nova Scotia Department of Justice in the provision of supportive housing and transitional support for criminalized men. The funding from the Department of Justice will enable the society to support more men in communities across the province, where men can heal and repair harm.”
– Leisha Seymour, Executive Director, The John Howard Society of Nova Scotia

“The Marguerite Centre supports women recovering from addiction. We offer a long-term abstinence-based residential program focusing on the healing of mind, body and spirit. We believe in the right for women to recover from their addictions in a safe residential setting where their unique needs will be met, their issues addressed and their voices heard. Our woman-centered, holistic approach to programming empowers women to create their own path to healing and recovery.”
– Lisa Mullin, Executive Director, Marguerite Centre

Quick Facts:
–Elizabeth Fry Society is a non-profit organization supporting women, girls, non-binary and gender diverse individuals to remain in, or successfully reintegrate into, the community
— the society offers critical supports for safe transitional housing in Halifax and Sydney, as well as programming both in correctional facilities and in the community
— The John Howard Society provides transitional housing and essential support and services to men involved in the justice system
— its programs assist men in developing essential skills that will prepare them to transition to independent living
— Marguerite Centre provides support to women recovering from substance misuse and gambling addiction


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