PRINCE GEORGE, BC: Women and children leaving violence will soon have more safe places to regroup, recover and begin rebuilding their lives.
Mitzi Dean, Parliamentary Secretary for Gender Equity, and the Prince George and District Elizabeth Fry Housing Society celebrated a provincial commitment to create a new housing development with 18 transition house beds, 16 units of second-stage housing and 21 townhouses for permanent affordable housing for women and their children who are leaving violent relationships.
“We have a clear responsibility to help women and children in need in Prince George and around the province. Our government is working hard to make sure that help is always available,” said Dean. “These new homes in Prince George will assure women and children in violent situations that there are safe and supportive spaces they can turn to and begin the journey of rebuilding.”
The project will be funded through the Building BC: Women’s Transition Fund, a $734-million investment over 10 years to build 1,500 transition housing, second-stage housing and long-term housing spaces for women and children leaving violence. This first step of the fund will build 280 new homes through 12 projects in communities throughout the province.
The project is going through BC Housing’s development and approval process, with an expected construction start in fall 2019.
Other transition home projects approved in northern B.C. include:
- Kitimat – Tamitik Status of Women Association will operate 12 transition house beds, 10 units of second-stage housing and 20 affordable rental homes, including 10 accessible units for women and families in need;
- Smithers – Northern Society for Domestic Peace will operate second-stage housing for young women and young mothers, and second-stage housing for women and women with children.
Written and released by BC Government.