Veterans House to be built as part of Multifaith Housing Initiative

On April 30 at 2:00 PM, the RCMP Pipes, Drums and Dancers of National Division will hold its annual fundraiser, ‘A Capital Celtic Concert’, at Dominion-Chalmers Church, 355 Cooper Street at O’Connor. Partial proceeds this year will be directed to Veterans House.

Veterans House will target the needs of a rising number of homeless Veterans who are ‘living rough’ on the streets in Ottawa. There are estimated to be 2,400 homeless veterans across Canada and of those, 320 are thought to be struggling to find their way in the National Capital Region.

Veterans House will include support services designed to meet the particular needs of homeless or precariously housed Veterans in the Ottawa area, which may include RCMP Veterans. The supportive ‘housing first model’ will help these individuals gain stable housing, and recover from health, mental health and addiction-related issues. It is designed to improve their overall quality of life, as well as the lives of their families.

The Multifaith Housing Initiative (MHI) will own the Veterans House building and manage the property. Situated on the site of former CFB Rockcliffe Airbase, the building will comprise three floors of living space, one floor of communal space and a basement for administrative purposes.

MHI has raised roughly $750,000 to date. Its application to the federal government to purchase the land for Veterans House (valued at $2.75M) has been approved. Construction is expected to commence in 2017.

Contributed by Graham Muir