Province Offers Support for Women, Children Fleeing Violence

John Crawford

The province has announced additional support for women and children fleeing violence in several BC communities -- including Smithers and Kitimat.

Doug-Donaldson-2018.jpgStikine New Democrat MLA Doug Donaldson says the Northern Society for Domestic Peace will operate four second-stage housing units for young women and young mothers, and five second-stage units for women and women with children.

In Kitimat, in a project already announced back in August, the Tamitik Status of Women - in partnership with the Haisla Nation -- 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.

It's being operated on property donated by the District of Kitimat.

Donaldson says this type of housing is badly needed.

"Oftentimes, women and children flee domestic violence and are in emergency shelter situations -- those shelters end up being emergency places for 30 days but then it's what do women and children do after that, and these second-stage housing units are for six-to-18-month stays as the women and children prepare for independent living," he said.

Donaldson says the government plans to spend 734-million dollars over ten years, to build 1500 spaces for women and children fleeing violence.

The announcement was made Thursday by Premier John Horgan and Municipal Affairs and Housing Minister Selina Robinson (pictured below).


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