Interval House seeks municipal support for second-stage housing

October 11, 2017 by

Lanark-County-Interval-House-Logo-Colour-Version-2Lanark County Interval House Executive Director is speaking to local councils looking for support for newly announced second stage housing for the women and children they help.

Lee told Carleton Place Council last night that Women at Lanark County Interval House’s first stage housing, its emergency shelter, usually spend an average of only 12 weeks there. "We had a woman with two children recently who stayed with us for over six months. So we’re no longer having a day by which you must leave because it’s just not realistic in our county for women to be able to secure safe and affordable housing in the twelve week period.”

Lee requested support from Carleton Place in the form of a reduction in property taxes.

As announced on Lake 88, second stage housing will give women and their kids a place to call home as they re-integrate into their communities. They can work, go to school, go to court dates and most importantly feel safe.

Mayor Louis Antonakos voiced his hope for the municipality to assist in at least some capacity, going as far as calling Interval House an “Essential Service.”

With files from Marc Shaw