CALGARY, ALTA. — The federal government has announced it will commit $4.74 million for construction of 100 units of transition housing for women at the YW Calgary hub as part of a larger $27.6-million commitment for three projects.
In addition to providing shelter and transitional housing for women experiencing poverty, domestic abuse and homelessness, the non-residential space will be used for programs for both clients and the community, explains a release.
“Projects like the YW Calgary Hub facility will provide more than just safe and affordable places to live, they are key to a better life for the residents who will call them home,” Calgary Centre MP Kent Hehr said in statement.
The new units and common areas of the new building will be accessible through universal design and 20 units will be fully accessible. YW Calgary also aims to make the new building part of its drive to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
“YW Calgary has been working with women and families to help them build brighter futures in the community for more than 100 years. This investment by the Government of Canada in the YW Hub facility will help provide supportive and safe accommodations for 100 vulnerable women in Calgary. The new facility will have dignified, accessible spaces for women and families to grow and heal in community,” YW Calgary CEO Sue Tomney added.
Investment for the transitional housing project comes from the National Housing Co-Investment Fund, as well as Infrastructure Canada, the City of Calgary and Alberta’s ministry of seniors and housing.