More money needed

Com­mu­nity In­clu­sions has the house but lacks fund­ing to cre­ate more sup­port­ive liv­ing apart­ments

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - THE ISLAND - BY ERIC MCCARTHY

A for­mer RCMP house in Tig­nish might have to be re­turned to the fed­eral gov­ern­ment if Com­mu­nity In­clu­sions Inc. can­not se­cure the fund­ing it needs to turn it into a sup­port­ive liv­ing res­i­dence.

Ex­ec­u­tive direc­tor Kevin Porter said Com­mu­nity In­clu­sions has had the house for a few years but, so far, they don’t have ac­cess to fund­ing to turn it into a res­i­dence for clients in­ter­ested in a sup­ported liv­ing apart­ment.

Porter said the need is there and, by the grow­ing num­ber of ed­u­ca­tional as­sis­tants in the school sys­tem, he said the need is pro­jected to rise.

Co-chair­per­sons of Com­mu­nity In­clu­sions, Mau­rice Poirier and Heidi Mal­lett, ex­plained dur­ing the or­ga­ni­za­tion’s an­nual meet­ing the RCMP House would be­come their third sup­port­ive liv­ing res­i­dence, join­ing the Tig­nish Group Home, which opened in 1986, and Al­ber­ton House, which has been op­er­at­ing since 2010.

They ac­knowl­edged the or­ga­ni­za­tion’s fis­cal chal­lenges, not­ing that de­spite a small in­crease in core fund­ing last year, it is still try­ing to re­cover from pre­vi­ous cuts. They re­ceived spe­cial fund­ing from the pro­vin­cial home­less­ness ini­tia­tive, which helped with roof­ing work, in­te­rior paint­ing, en­hanced ac­ces­si­bil­ity and new fur­ni­ture at O’Leary of­fices and apart­ments, paint­ing at Al­ber­ton House and a new TV at the Tig­nish res­i­dence.

They are hop­ing the ini­tia­tive would help with fur­nish­ing the fed­eral build­ing in Tig­nish if fund­ing comes avail­able to move that project for­ward.

Maple House Bak­ery and Café in O’Leary was high­lighted as a success story for the or­ga­ni­za­tion.

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