The Kelowna Women’s Shelter is speaking out in support of affordable housing initiatives in the Central Okanagan community as an important component to ending the cycle of abuse.
Executive Director, Karen Mason, says unaffordable housing in Kelowna may be preventing women from leaving abusive relationships.
“A lot of women end up staying with an abusive partner, or going back to an abusive partner they’ve left, because they cannot find safe and affordable housing for them and their children” said Mason in an interview with AM1150. “That’s absolutely unacceptable.”
“Officially, women are supposed to stay with us a maximum of thirty days … more and more women and their children [are] staying with us much longer … because they just can’t find anywhere safe and affordable to transition into.”
In order to improve outcomes for clients, the Shelter has been approved by the BC Government to build and operate 40 units of second-stage and permanent affordable rental housing. The project will break ground later this year.
As well, on behalf of the Shelter, Mason has authored a letter in support of the Agassiz Road supportive housing project, proposed by BC Housing and John Howard Society of Central and South Okanagan.
You can read her full letter posted below. If you are interested in showing your support for the project, attend the public hearing on the rezoning application on January 17th.
Sustainable housing is a cause we wholeheartedly believe in. We encourage our supporters to stand up in favour of such initiatives, this project in particular.
Thanks in advance for your support!