New Supportive Housing for Women Fleeing Violence

A new supportive housing project will cater exclusively to women and children fleeing violence in Kelowna.

The BC Government plans to build 40 units of second-stage and permanent rental housing for victims of abuse.

Once the facility is completed, the Kelowna Women's Shelter will handle the day-to-day operations.

"It is so important to have more of this kind of transitional housing in Kelowna" said Mayor Colin Basran. "To continue building a safe and inclusive community, there's no better place to start than with safe housing and support services for women who are starting a new chapter in their lives."

The shelter already provides short-term accomodation for women and their children. However, a lack of affordable rental housing can force victims to return to abusive relationships.

"We've seen a steady increase in the number of women and children staying in our women's transition house longer than the traditional 30-day limit" said the shelter's Executive Director, Karen Mason. "This project will not only create much needed housing in Kelowna, but also give us the opportunity to provide a broader safety net of support to the families in our care."

Tenants will also have access to a range of supports that could include health services, therapy, and career counselling.

The province will fund the project with money from the Women's Transition Fund, part of a $734 million investment to build 1,500 units of housing over ten years.