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Housing help for victims of abuse

subsidized housing available for domestic violence victims in the western part of the UCPR, so the two-year pilot program will help these individuals and families to afford private-sector rentals. «They won’t have to wait for social hou- sing to become available,” she added. “This (pilot program) is really helping small com- munities like ours. It will be a great help to families in our communities.” The UCPR is one of 22 social servicema- nagers in the province taking part in the two- year pilot program. Reports to the province fromall of the servicemanagers involved will help determine if the pilot programwill get extended after two years.


One way for victims of domestic violence to escape their situation is to find another, safer home away from the abuse.The pro- blem then is to find a place that is both far enough away andwithin their own budget plan. The United Counties of Prescott-Russell have now qualified as part of a two-year pilot project of the provincial government to help domestic violence victims find a decent and affordable place to live. “This is a very good thing,” said Anne Comtois-Lalonde, UCPR social services director. The UCPR will receive $240,000, over a two-year period, through provincial govern- ment’s Social Infrastructure Fund.The social services department can use the money to assist individuals or families trying to get away from domestic abuse situations by relocating.The department, working through referrals with its partner social service agen- cies and others, will deal on a case-by-case basis with each request for assistance. The money falls under the heading of housing allowance aid, and will go towards helping individuals or families with their rent payments for either existing subsidized housing which is available or those who have to rent from the private sector. Comtois- Lalonde noted that there is a shortage of

Women and families in the Prescott-Russell area who need to get away froman abusive situationmay now be able to get some help from the counties through a new rental aid project sponsored by the provincial government. —photo archive

Tagged for car theft among other things

It wasn’t just the vehicle they were driving around in.The licence plate was also stolen. Five youths face several charges after leading police on a chase, on Monday of the long August weekend.The Hawkesbury OPP detachment received a call on Aug. 1st, from a patrol officer, about a possible stolen vehicle which also had a set of stolen licence plates. Const. Stéphanie Fortin-Provost first noticed the erratic driving pattern of the suspect vehicle, which suggested that the driver might be impaired. When she turned on her patrol car’s flashing roof lights, the vehicle sped off, clocking speeds up to 130

km/h in a posted 80 km/h zone. Police broke off pursuit under the cir- cumstances as the suspect vehicle’s speed and driving pattern created a risk for any passengers inside and also a public safety hazard for anyone else encountering it on the road. Later that night, the vehicle was spotted turning on to a dead-end street. The five occupants, all youths ranging in age from14 to 17, abandoned the vehicle and fled on foot. They were caught later on, still in the vicinity, and charged. Their names are withheld under the terms of the Youth Criminal Justice Act. They all face charges of possession of

stolen property, under a value of $5000. Two are also charged with failure to comply with previous release conditions. One is also charged with attempting to escape police pursuit and with dangerous driving. They were scheduled for youth court.


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