The provincial government announced Friday that it would build 1,500 new supportive homes, providing women and children fleeing violence with a safe and secure place to go.
The province is investing $734 million over the next 10 years to build the new units, which will include transition houses, safe homes, second-stage, and long-term housing.
“Women fleeing abuse need a safe and welcoming place to go, where they can find comfort and security to heal,” said 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.”
“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.”
Women who are trying to flee violence at home are often held back by the risk or reality of homelessness. This frequently results in women returning to homes where violence takes place.
“Secure, stable housing can provide a foundation for recovery and economic empowerment,” said Joanne Baker, executive director for the BC Society of Transition Houses. “The province’s investment in affordable housing that is dedicated to women and children escaping violence is crucial.”
The new women’s housing will be operated by non-profit providers who specialize in housing and supports for women and children who are experiencing or are at risk of violence.
The funds for the project will come through the new Building BC: Women’s Transition Housing Fund. The funding is part of the provincial government’s overall investment in housing—$7 billion over 10 years.