The BC government announced today it is investing over $700 million to build more than 1,500 units of women’s supportive housing in the next 10 years.
“Women fleeing abuse need a safe and welcoming place to go, where they can find comfort and security to heal,” said BC Premier John Horgan. “Our government is making the first significant investment in transition and supportive housing in 20 years, to give women and children escaping dangerous situations the security and support they need.”
Through the new Building BC: Women’s Transition Housing Fund, the Province will invest $734 million over the next 10 years, to build and operate 1,500 new units, which include including transition houses, safe homes, second-stage and long-term housing.
The new housing will include support staff who will provide a range of services, including emotional support and safety planning to make sure women and children receive the help they need during a difficult and stressful time in their lives.
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“It’s heartbreaking to know that women and children who are in distress are being turned away from housing, because there aren’t enough spaces available,” said Selina Robinson, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing. “Addressing this need is a priority for our government.”
The new women’s housing will be operated by non-profit providers, who specialize in housing and support for women and children who are experiencing or are at risk of violence. BC Housing is sending out an expression-of-interest to select the non-profit operators.
“Fleeing violence often results in poverty and homelessness for women and their children,” said Joanne Baker, executive director, BC Society of Transition Houses. “Secure, stable housing can provide a foundation for recovery and economic empowerment.”
The provincial government said it will select projects based on community need, through BC Housing.