Delta group unable to secure provincial dollars for transition house
Quoted from the article (online here).
A working group led by the Canadian Federation of University Women South Delta is trying to establish a local transition house for women and their children experiencing violence and seeking safety, but the province isn’t providing operating dollars.
The working group, which includes the Canadian Federation of University Women for both North and South Delta, Deltassist Family and Community Services, Delta Police Victim’s Services, a seniors’ planning team, the Corporation of Delta’s social planner and Chimo Community Services, has secured a house from the Corporation of Delta. The group also secured $122,000 in funding for renovations for the North Delta home from the federal government.
Delta South MLA Vicki Huntington said there’s a real need for the project and the province needs to bring funds before the end of the month when federal funding expires. Delta has no facility of this kind and government’s position that women and children fleeing violence can wait until the next fiscal cycle is simply unacceptable, she said.
“This project has nearly everything it needs to be a success. It has a dedicated facility in Delta, commitments from federal and municipal governments, and an impressive group of volunteers and organizations ready to operate a home for women and children at risk. Support from the province is the only piece missing. It is my sincere hope that Minister Coleman, and B.C. Housing, will step forward with operating funds that will ensure the community of Delta is provided with this critical service,” said Huntington.
“The transition house in Richmond is full and turns away as many as 100 women and children a month. The government has the money, so what are we waiting for? This is a clear failure to recognize a critical opportunity for a community in need,” she added.
See the full article in the Delta Optimist.