28 transitional homes under construction in Victoria for people leaving correctional system

28 transitional homes under construction in Victoria for people leaving correctional system
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An architect rendering of the new housing and support hub under construction on Princess Avenue in Victoria.

Construction is now underway on 28 transitional homes in Victoria for people leaving the correctional system.

The six-storey building will be located at 736 Princess Ave. and will be owned and operated by the John Howard Society. The facility will have programs and services for employment, housing, mentorship and restorative justice.

The building in Victoria will also serve as the new headquarters for the John Howard Society in addition to the 28 transitional homes.

“Access to supported housing for clients leaving corrections is the foundation of our successful after-care model that’s centred around life skills and employment training,” Manj Toor, executive director, John Howard Society of Victoria said in a news release.

“As well, once completed, this project will also serve as an integrated hub of wraparound services offering programs for vulnerable community members across Victoria.”

Six governments and agencies put in $16.8 million in funding to build the facility, with the largest chunk — $13.9 million — coming from the B.C. government through BC Housing. On top of funding, the John Howard Society provided the land, which is valued at $1.5 million. Correctional Services Canada will also provide $1.4 million per year for operating costs.

The ground floor will have a social enterprise cafe with outdoor seating which will be staffed with John Howard clients to get work experience.

“Evidence shows that federal offenders who are being reintegrated into communities are more successful if they have appropriate community supports,” Rob Clark, area director, Vancouver Island Community Corrections for Correctional Service Canada said.

“Partnerships and facilities like this, which offer accommodation, employment training, counselling, education, addiction programs and mental-health support, greatly increase their chances of becoming active, productive and law-abiding members of society.”

It is expected that people will be able to move in starting in 2026.

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