Lanark County Interval House brings home to Perth
As Executive Director of LCIH, Erin Lee recently approached Perth council seeking $14,000 toward a $350,000 ‘second stage’ housing initiative. Second stage housing is safe and affordable living space available to women and children as they escape domestic violence. The LCIH has already purchased property in Perth, but the location is kept guarded for the security of those who need it most.
Lee demonstrated that LCIH has generated provincial, federal, and private funding, but these resources will not cover the extent of the project. Lee also indicated the town would inevitably recoup some of the donation in permits and other municipal fees as the house is completed.
The house will be the second of such ‘second-stage housing’ projects by the LCIH, the first of which has been in Carleton Place since 2018.
Lee highlighted that 42% of Canadian women who fled unhealthy relationships returned to them due to housing issues. The situation is currently exacerbated by local affordable housing shortages and the shifting degrees of social isolation and lockdown enforced during the COVID-19 pandemic.