Burnaby MLAs welcome much-needed supportive housing for those fleeing violence

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BURNABY – Local New Democrat MLA’s Anne Kang, Janet Routledge, Katrina Chen and Raj Chouhan are welcoming a B.C. government investment in Burnaby that will create new supportive housing for women and children fleeing violence.

Dixon Transition Society will operate up to 20 units of permanent affordable housing for women and children.

The investment in Burnaby is one of twelve supportive housing projects announced today, and is the first step in the government’s new Building BC: Women’s Transition Housing Fund, a $734 million investment over 10 years to build 1,500 transition, second-stage, and affordable housing spaces for women and children fleeing violence.

MLA Quotes

Janet Routledge, MLA Burnaby North

“Women and children fleeing violence need safe, supportive homes. All too often, those fleeing violence end up dealing with issues of poverty or homelessness. I am glad that our government is taking much needed action to connect women and children with supportive services and housing.”

Katrina Chen, MLA Burnaby-Lougheed

“This government recognizes the need to partner with local groups so that we can adequately respond to the needs of at-risk women and children. Adding 20 units of safe, affordable housing here in Burnaby will have a positive impact on the lives of many.”

Anne Kang, MLA Burnaby-Deer Lake

“Gender-based violence puts the health and safety of many women and children at risk. Today’s announcement means that safe housing will be available when it’s needed the most. The announced second-stage housing to assist women and children is long overdue.”

Raj Chouhan, MLA Burnaby-Edmonds

“These new units of supportive, affordable housing will allow women and children in the community to rebuild their lives and begin the healing process. Our government is putting people first as we work towards building safer communities for all.”

Provincial news release and backgrounder: https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2018PREM0079-002068