Brock Mission Shelter Redevelopment Set To Begin After $5.2 Million From Federal Government

On Thursday (July 11th), MP Maryam Monsef announced a $5.2 million financial commitment from the federal government for the redevelopment of the Brock Mission—a non-profit organization formed in 1987 to provide shelter for homeless adult males.

“Addressing housing and homelessness in our community will solve many of the other challenges we face,” says Monsef. "My team and I have been working with several local groups to support building housing locally. I’m happy to announce that the Brock Mission is receiving a significant boost to build 30 new shelter beds and 15 new affordable housing units for homeless and at-risk men.”

Main entrance of Brock Misson, rendering courtesy Lett Architects

Main entrance of Brock Misson, rendering courtesy Lett Architects

The redevelopment of the Brock Mission—which is located on Murray Street—is expected to begin as early as this month and be completed in 2020.

"I am happy to see this investment in emergency shelter for Peterborough," says City of Peterborough Mayor Diane Therrien. "We are facing a serious housing crisis and all levels of government must come together to make change. This is an important step in the right direction."

View of Brock Misson dining hall, rendering courtesy Lett Architects

View of Brock Misson dining hall, rendering courtesy Lett Architects

Lett Architects is designing it (see renderings in this post) and says the three-storey building has been designed around a courtyard with access to natural daylight into every room and corridor. Aside from the shelter beds and housing units, the building also includes a dining hall which will provide three meals a day all year.

“We are very grateful for the support that MP Maryam Monsef and her office have given our redevelopment project,” says Bill McNabb, Executive Director of the Brock Mission. “The investment from the National Housing Co-Investment Fund has enabled us to finally move forward on a much needed purpose-built facility that offers appropriate Housing First shelter services and supportive housing to some of our most vulnerable homeless citizens.”

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Check Out These Renderings Of The New Brock Mission

Brock Mission is a homeless shelter in Peterborough for men that includes sleeping, dining and program areas. A new modern facility is being built on the existing property on Murray Street where the old building was housed, that is slated to open late 2020.

Lett Architects is designing it and has released renderings of the project. Lett says the three-storey building has been designed around a courtyard with access to natural daylight into every room and corridor. The building will accommodate 32 shelter beds and 15 independent living units, of which 25 percent are fully accessible. The building also includes a dining hall which will provide three meals a day all year.

This is a rendering of the main entrance…

Main entrance of Brock Misson, rendering courtesy Lett Architects

Main entrance of Brock Misson, rendering courtesy Lett Architects

The Lett Architects team is providing the most inclusive, home-like and durable building with a high level of energy performance, exceeding the 2015 National Energy Code by 28 percent. Critical to the success of the project has been the ability to meet tight budgets and schedules as the Brock Mission has been without a true home to call their own for some time.

This is a view of the Dining Hall…

View of Brock Misson dining hall, rendering courtesy Lett Architects

View of Brock Misson dining hall, rendering courtesy Lett Architects

Watch this video to learn more about the project….

The new Brock Mission shelter is slated to open its doors in November 2020.

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Brock Mission And Cameron House Hosting Coldest Night Of The Year Walkathon February 25th

Brock Mission and Cameron House are hosting the "Coldest Night Of The Year" (CNOY) walkathon in Peterborough this year. They are joining more than 100 communities across Canada to raise awareness and funds in the fight to end the homelessness.

Brock Mission and Cameron House have received operating grants from CNOY for the past five years—the more successful the walk, the larger the grants available.

Team Cameron House with Bill McNabb, Executive Director of Brock Mission

Team Cameron House with Bill McNabb, Executive Director of Brock Mission

Coldest Night of the Year takes place Saturday, February 25th. Registration for participants opens at 4 p.m. on the 25th at the (almost) vacated 217 Murray Street location across from the Armouries.

Participants on the walk route.

Participants on the walk route.

A warm, light meal will be provided upon the walkers return. Pledge forms and the information needed to register can be found at coldestnightoftheyear.org.

Please spread the word.

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