Why is the Mount Community Centre needed?
Peterborough has the unique distinction of having the widest gap between wages and market rents in Ontario. That puts a strain on families’ ability to afford the basics, such as utilities, groceries and transportation. More than 1,400 families, including seniors, are waiting for affordable housing in Peterborough. At the same time, couples in their 50s and 60s are looking to downsize from their houses so they have fewer chores and more time to travel.
As part of its strategic planning process in 2011, the Peterborough Poverty Reduction Network identified the need for a “hub for affordable housing and food” in order to help more families and individuals in dignity in the city.

How will the Mount be different from other housing projects?
The Mount Community Centre aims not just to become a landlord, but to build a community where a mix of uses enriches the lives of the people who come to live or just to visit. While other housing providers focus on clientele who are seniors or persons with disabilities, The Mount will rent to a wide variety of clients, including working families. Rather than relying on subsidies, their rents will be subsidized by the other income coming in from various parts of the complex. A series of organizations have also come together to create a social-services hub at The Mount, with a focus on maintaining the health of the community via food services, community gardens and office space through orga¬nizations funded by the Local Integrated Health Networks and the Ministry of Community and Social Services. This will complement the housing portion of the project and bring more people to The Mount.

How is the community responding?
The committee behind the Mount Community Centre has held several information sessions for the neighbours and the surrounding community. With change often comes apprehension, but the committee has addressed their questions and concerns so that all can move forward in a positive and constructive manner.

Is this centre only for Catholics?
The Mount has been a very important landmark to the Catholic faith community in Peterborough which is why we have involved the Sisters of St. Joseph in all of our planning and retained the property’s historical name to honour its legacy. In the spirit of the work the sisters did for so many years, The Mount will be open to everyone regardless of denomination or religious affiliation.

How will someone’s rent be determined?
The Mount has designated more than half its units as affordable, meaning the rents are at least 10 per cent below market rents. These units will be made available to people with low incomes. Other apartments will be rented out at what you would pay anywhere in Peterborough. The aim is to find a financial balance that opens up affordable units without government subsidies.

How can a community group rent office space?
There has been a lot of interest by community groups in having their offices in The Mount. Space is limited. If your organization is interested, please contact us for more information for availability and rental rates.

How can someone rent temporary space?
The classic chapel is available for weddings, services or performing arts presentations. Please contact us for more information.

How do I volunteer with the Mount?
Opportunities are available for interested and qualified community members in a variety of volunteer positions including:
• board membership
• committee membership: site development, tenancy and occupancy, finance, communications and marketing and fundraising.
• tasks such as assisting with renovations, gardening, cleaning or clerical duties
• any skills you feel you could bring to this creative group of entrepreneurs

How do I make a donation?
The Mount Community Centre welcomes your investment by contributing in any of the following ways:
• Gifts of cash, cheque or credit card are accepted.

How will my donation be used?
Your donation can be directed to three different areas:
• Capital campaign for purchase
• Capital campaign for renovations
• General operations

Be assured that 100% of your gift will go directly to the area that you specify and charitable tax receipts will be issued for the allowable amount.

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