New affordable housing for Indigenous women, children fleeing violence

The provincial and federal governments have announced a new four-unit development for Indigenous women and children fleeing domestic violence.

The two levels of government have committed up to $824,000 for the affordable second-stage housing development.

It will be managed by the Mi'kmaw Native Friendship Centre in Halifax, which will provide support services for domestic violence victims, including counselling, parenting and employment programs.

Pamela Glode-Desrochers, executive director of the centre, calls the project a "game changer" for indigenous women and children in need by creating a culturally appropriate and safe space for them.

Second-stage housing is longer-term individual housing that includes services to help tenants transition to independent living.