The Government of British Columbia is partnering with the City of Victoria, Atira Women’s Resource Society and the Aboriginal Coalition to End Homelessness, to build new modular housing for Indigenous women, with 24/7 support services.
Once operational, each of the 21 homes will include a bathroom and kitchen.
Residents will also benefit from:
- 24/7 on-site staff support, including daily meal services, employment training, and culturally specific and life-skills programming;
- Health and wellness services, including mental-health and addictions treatment;
- A shared amenity space and access to laundry facilities; and
- Custodial and maintenance services.
Neighbouring residents and businesses will have an opportunity to learn more about the project at an open house. Open house details will be announced in the coming weeks.
The temporary housing will be operational for approximately five years, and will be on the 800 block of Hillside Avenue, as part of the Evergreen Terrace complex.
Pending municipal approvals, construction is anticipated to begin in fall 2018, and will be complete by March 2019.
“The Aboriginal Coalition currently supports Indigenous women through a program called the Indigenous Women’s Circle, geared towards strengthening Indigenous self-identity, providing life skills and food security and building a sense of family and community. We are very pleased that through the modular housing project, we can now also offer a safe space for the women to call home,” said Fran Hunt-Jinnouchi, executive director, Aboriginal Coalition to End Homelessness. “The women we support face multiple barriers, are often caught up in the chaos of domestic violence, and are at high risk. Culturally supportive housing has the potential to transform lives. I am optimistic and excited about the possibilities.”
Indigenous people are over-represented among the homeless population, and homeless women—especially those who are Indigenous—can face tremendous risks.
Once the facility is operational, a 24/7 contact line will be available to answer questions and address neighbourhood concerns. In the meantime, questions and comments can be submitted to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Note: SPN typically strips out politician quotes from press releases—as they have been largely crafted by communications staff and not, as implied, uttered by the declared speaker. You can still read the full article, complete with quotes, here.