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Housing units on the way for women and children fleeing violence in Kamloops

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October 26, 2018 - 10:00 AM

KAMLOOPS - The province has announced up to 40 new housing units built in Kamloops for women and children fleeing domestic violence.

As part of a ten-year, $734 million investment to build1,500 transition housing, second-stage housing and affordable housing spaces for women and children fleeing violence, Kamloops will benefit from up to 40-units of second-stage housing that will be operated by the Kamloops and District Elizabeth Fry Society.

Second-stage housing provides safe short-term housing and supports for women after they leave an abusive relationship or situation, according to a media release issued by the province. Women can stay for six to 18 months while they prepare for independent living.

The province doesn't say when the Kamloops housing units will open.

"In a province that puts people first, we need to make sure women and children can find safety when they need it most," Premier John Horgan says in the release. "These homes will allow women and children to heal with the supports and services they need, as they begin the process of rebuilding their lives."

The housing will include a full range of services including emotional support, safety planning as well as projects to help women and children who are ready to move toward new affordable rental housing and more permanent homes, according to the release.

The new Kamloops housing project is one of 12 projects across B.C., the province says. The housing projects will be operated by non-profit providers that specialize in housing and support for women and children who are experiencing or at risk of violence.

The provincial government says they are building 280 new homes across B.C. to provide women and children with safe places to stay when experiencing domestic violence.

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