- City Councillor Katherine Hobbs, MPP Yasir Naqvi, MP Paul Dewar
Hintonburg Hub is a one‐stop‐shop (a Hub) to create better access to quality health, housing and social services in the heart of the vibrant Hintonburg Wellington West neighbourhoods. The concept is to have all of these services under one roof. The partners are Somerset West Community Health Centre, Family Services Ottawa, Citizen Advocacy and Centretown Citizens Ottawa Corporation.
Investments in integrated health, housing, and social services play an important role in creating healthy vibrant communities! Hintonburg and Wellington West residents have identified a need for local affordable housing options, medical services, and other essential social services.
The Hub partners are investigating the possibility of purchasing property from the Salvation Army at the corner of Wellington St. and Rosemount Ave., but cannot proceed with this purchase without the financial support from governments.
This opportunity to bring health care, housing and social services to the neighbourhood is too good to pass up. This open letter encourages governments to work together to find creative funding solutions, so we can make this positive development happen.
We, the undersigned, offer our enthusiastic support for the Hintonburg Hub Initiative.
This innovative project, spearheaded by Somerset West Community Health Centre, Family Services Ottawa, Citizen Advocacy and Centretown Citizens Ottawa Corporation, proposes to build a hub of affordable housing, medical and social services in the Hintonburg area, tentatively on the current site of the Salvation Army Bethany Hope Centre.
We strongly believe that investments in integrated health, housing and social services play a key role in establishing healthy, vibrant communities. The Hintonburg/Mechanicsville Neighbourhood Plan, completed after extensive consultation, identified a clear need for front-line health care and social services, as well as affordable housing. The Hintonburg Hub has the potential to fill these gaps, and the proposed location is ideal.
The Hub could have a profound, positive impact for residents of Hintonburg, Wellington West and surrounding neighbourhoods. Its integrated approach could serve as a model for other communities. But it needs leadership from our local representatives and all three levels of government to succeed.
Opportunities like this do not arise often, and rarely in line with government budget cycles. We call upon the City of Ottawa and provincial and federal governments to work together to secure funding to help the Hintonburg Hub Partners purchase the Salvation Army land and develop the property to create this vital neighbourhood hub of health, housing and social services.
The Open Letter to Support the Hintonburg Hub petition to City Councillor Katherine Hobbs, MPP Yasir Naqvi, MP Paul Dewar was written by Vicky Smallman and is in the category City & Town Planning at GoPetition.