VANCOUVER ISLAND — Construction has begun on a new housing complex for women and children escaping violence on Vancouver Island’s west shore.
The 50-home complex will provide two transition spaces and 48 second-stage homes, according to a B.C. press release.
The province provided $23.6 million of funding and will contribute to operating costs for the project. Parliamentary Secretary for Gender Equity Grace Lore referred to the construction as “an essential step to creating safer, more supportive communities.”
Rent for the homes will be 30 per cent of a resident’s income or the provincial shelter rate for those receiving income or disability assistance, the release reads.
The Victoria Women’s Transition House Society will operate the building and provide onsite support.
“This is an important support service to have in Langford, and I am pleased that after many years of working together, we can now see this project come to life,” said Stew Young, mayor of the City of Langford.
Construction is expected to finish in the fall of 2024.