YELLOWKNIFE (November 23, 2017) The YWCA NWT was thrilled with the Federal government’s announcements yesterday in the National Housing Strategy, particularly the recognition that Northern Canada needs additional support, and that shelters for women and children fleeing violence need repair and replacement.
“We have been eagerly waiting for this announcement and this Strategy delivers nearly everything on our wish list that we requested in a National Housing Strategy,” said Lyda Fuller, Executive Director of YWCA NWT. “We repeatedly see situations in the North that need actions through a Strategy of this scope that deals with the specific housing needs of northern Canada.”
The National Housing Strategy earmarks $300,000 to help address housing needs in northern Canada over the next ten years. Also promised is the creation or repair of 7,000 shelter spaces for women and children, renewal of federal investments for existing low-income housing that protects over 300,000 units and will aid families moving into permanent housing after their transition period, an annual women’s housing symposium and targeted research on women’s housing.
YWCA NWT provided recommendations to the Federal government on a National Housing Strategy including emphasizing the importance and usefulness of transitional and supported housing, for 25% of the housing funding to be dedicated to the needs of women, girls and their families, and a gender-based analysis of housing needs.
“It seems the needs of specific populations were really considered in this Strategy. We have been waiting for a strategy to address housing issues since the pan-territorial report on the causes of women’s homelessness was presented on Parliament Hill in 2007 and are glad to see our recommendations transitioned to actions,” Fuller stated.
For more information, contact:
Executive Director, YWCA NWT
(867) 920-2777 Ext 310