Fairview Resource Centre gets $446K to upgrade building
Halifax 'community hub' supports families for free
January 31, 2023, 10:00 am ASTLast Updated: January 31, 2023, 1:16 pm
The Fairview Resource Centre (FRC) has been providing Halifax residents of all ages with free programs for more than 37 years.
But the building is old.
The centre is receiving $445,995 from the federal government to support ongoing renovations.
This “will create accessibility for all participants and increase the capacity of the FRC to meet the needs of the community,” executive director Natalie Brown stated in a press release.
Funding flows through the Canada Community Revitalization Fund (CCRF) and Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA).
The money will help put in a lift to help those with mobility issues access the second floor of the building where the community kitchen is located. It will also cover the cost of new windows, an upgraded HVAC system, insulation, doors and roofing supplies.
The FRC’s current programs include a family playgroup, skills development classes, a seniors’ club, housing support and community meals.
With the funds left over, the centre will allocate the money toward each of these programs so they can continue to operate.
“The Fairview Resource Centre is truly a community hub,” stated Halifax West MP Lena Metlege Diab in the news release. It will serve more than 17,000 residents “for many years to come.”
While the resource centre is currently closed due to ongoing renovations, staff will continue to provide free programs for the community at various locations like the Fairview United Church. To find updated information about their programs check out their website or Twitter feed. For a full list of programs check out the monthly calendar here.
The FRC isn’t the only group to receive funding. The Royal Canadian Legion Caen Branch 164 in Eastern Passage received $21,877 to help with roofing repairs.
The Bella Rose Arts Centre in Clayton Park received $300,000 to install better audio and lighting systems along with specialized speakers.
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