Delta South MLA calls on province to fund Delta transition house
Independent MLA for Delta South Vicki Huntington issued the following statement in response to the provincial government’s refusal to provide operational funding for a transition house in Delta.
“There is a real need for this project in our community and the provincial government needs to bring funds to the table before the end of the month when federal funding expires. Delta has no facility of this kind, and the opportunity to create one is right now. The government’s position that women and children fleeing violence can wait until the next fiscal cycle is simply unacceptable.”
“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.”
“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.”
The working group for a women’s transition house in Delta includes the Canadian Federation of University Women for both North and South Delta; Deltassist Family and Community Services; Delta Police Victim’s Services; the local Seniors’ Planning Table; the Corporation of Delta’s Social Planner; and Chimo Community Services. The working group has secured a house from the Corporation of Delta, as well as $122,000 in funding for renovations from the federal government: it is seeking $500,000 in annual operational funding from B.C. Housing.
Minister Coleman’s original comments can be found here.