Interval House (www.intervalhouse.org) is the first shelter for abused women and children in Canada (opening in 1976). They are a leader in the campaign for women’s empowerment, providing specialized services that help abused women and their children leave domestic violence and rebuild their lives. Their three core programs are residential; community; and advocacy and leadership; involving crisis intervention, counselling, workforce training and community reintegration, and public awareness of domestic violence.
They offer services to and advocate for all women fleeing domestic abuse; some women and children also take residence. In 2013/14, Interval House:
- sheltered 69 women and 71 children (with an average age 4 years old)
- served 65 women in the Building Economic Self Sufficiency (BESS) program
- found 120 women housing needs assistance through the Resettlement program
Download: FACT SHEET – Interval House
FRPO and Interval House
FRPO and our members have supported the work of Interval House since 2007, funding innovative programs and helping to provide housing and resettlement for women and their families after they leave the shelter.
Our members’ support has helped Interval House achieve some significant recent milestones, including:
– completing a $1.6M renovation, giving programs more space;
– piloting an Opening Doors subsidy program to allow program graduates to rent in the private market;
– increasing awareness of the issue of violence against women amongst the residential real estate industry; and
– expanding the Her Home Housing Project in 2014 to Ottawa and Hamilton
Through a ground-breaking transitional housing and resettlement program (Her Home Housing Project), Interval House works with FRPO members to provide rent geared to income apartments for select residents re-entering the community. Women are given a safe home in a safe neighbourhood at below-market rate for one-year, supported with counselling and home visits, as they transition to economic self-sufficiency.
FRPO has raised over $400,000 for Interval House through donations and a dedicated charity golf tournament that has added the support of member donations, raffle, and a silent auction.
FRPO Government Relations
FRPO is proud to make our government and public relations resources available to the Interval House team to support their efforts to engage with government officials and policy makers to provide a voice for women and their families affected by domestic violence.
We believe strongly that informed decisions are better decisions. That is why FRPO is grateful for the added advice and support we receive from Interval House so we can apply a broad perspective when evaluating any policy initiatives affecting the multi-family apartment industry. By working together, FRPO and its partners like Interval House can better represent the interests of everyone involved in rental housing.
Some of our recent engagement activities include:
- Facilitated the Housing Minister’s attendance at the launch of the expanded Her Home Housing Project to Ottawa and Hamilton (2014)
- Succeeded in garnering government support to change current legislation to allow housing providers the option of extending rent-geared-to-income leases beyond the current 12-month limitation. This allows FRPO members to extend additional help to women and their families who may need a little more time to get back on their feet
- Ensured the government gave due consideration to all the practical issues for a shortened lease termination notice period for victims of domestic abuse to be implemented through legislation expected in the fall of 2015
Lending our support to encourage others to help
FRPO members support Interval House through in-kind donations, fundraising and volunteering. Since 2007, the Federation of Rental-housing Providers of Ontario has raised $350,000 for Interval House through golf tournaments and other donations, enabling a real impact on the lives of women and children fleeing abuse. We are pleased to continue our partnership through 2015.
A registered charity, Interval House’s major funding comes from government sources (38%) and the United Way (7%). Major corporate donations come through ongoing commitments by FRPO as well as Royal LePage and other community minded corporate donors. Interval House also conducts an annual letter campaign for donor support.
In August of this year, Interval House began a letter campaign under the signatory of Scott Andison, President and CEO of FRPO, announcing matching support from FRPO. All donations received by September 30, will be matched dollar for dollar, up to $10,000 per donation.
Nine years of FRPO support has helped Interval House to increase program space and expand education and counselling services as well as pilot an Opening Doors subsidy program to allow program graduates to rent in the private market.
The direct generosity of our members is also helping Interval House to enhance the critical role it plays in so many lives. FRPO is grateful for the continued strong show of support for such a worthy cause from across Ontario’s rental housing industry.
FRPO Charity Golf Classic
This annual event generously supported by our members has helped raise over $400,000 in support of Interval House over the last 9 years. FRPO would like to thank all the donors, our sponsors and many volunteers and supporters who help to make this event such a success.