New homes on the way for Kitimat women facing violence

Women and children in Kitimat fleeing violence will have more options for housing, thanks to a new transition house being funded by the Government of British Columbia as part of a partnership with Tamitik Status of Women Association, the Haisla Nation and the District of Kitimat.

The new mixed-use building will include up to 12 beds of transition housing and up to 10 beds of second-stage housing for women and children. The project will also include up to 20 new affordable rental homes, including 10 accessible units for women and families in need.

The project will be funded through the province’s Building BC: Women’s Transition Housing Fund, a $734-million investment to support the construction of 1,500 spaces in transition and second-stage housing for women and children fleeing violence.

Tamitik Status of Women Association will be the operator. The association will work with the Haisla Nation to make sure one of the transition beds is dedicated to high-risk Haisla members who require ongoing, wraparound supports.

Construction is expected to start in spring 2019.