PRINCE RUPERT – Eagles Landing, a new 23-unit building funded by the government of B.C., is now officially open and providing transitional and supportive housing for women and their children fleeing domestic abuse in Prince Rupert.
The Province contributed over $5.4 million for the development, and
will provide annual operational funding of over $730,000 along with
program funding of $193,500. The Real Estate Foundation of B.C.
provided a grant of $275,000. Northern Health is providing annual
operational funding of approximately $54,000.
Eagles Landing was built on the site of the former Moresby
Townhouses, an older, underutilized public housing development
owned by the B.C. government, to meet the transitional and
supportive housing needs of at-risk women and their children.
Transitional housing provides temporary apartments with support
services for up to two years for women and children fleeing
domestic abuse. This gives tenants the time and support they need
to help stabilize their lives before moving on to more independent,
permanent forms of housing. The building is managed and operated by
North Coast Transition Society. The society provides a number of
programs and support services to help women through their journey
to full independence.
Rich Coleman, Minister of Energy, Mines and Natural Gas and
Minister Responsible for Housing –
“Eagles Landing is a prime example of how we
can repurpose a site and transform it to meet the changing needs in
the community. This development will provide safe, affordable
housing that will make a real difference in the lives of women and
families in Prince Rupert.”
Shirley Bond, Minister of Justice and Attorney General
“Domestic violence can have a lasting, devastating
impact on families and communities. A project like Eagles Landing
gives women and children a safe place to go when they are fleeing
violence in their own homes, a vital step for women trying to
escape the cycle of violence. Projects like this are essential in
providing support to vulnerable women and their
Mayor Jack Mussallem, City of Prince Rupert –
“The City has been supportive of this project
since the early planning stages. This type of supportive housing
fulfils a need to give women and children fleeing abuse safety and
security. I know that women seeking temporary housing during
challenging periods in their lives will find the support and
services they need with the help of North Coast Transition
Michael Melia, North West Mental Health and Addictions
director for Northern Health –
“It has been proven that vulnerable clients living in
transitional housing are more successful in gaining
self-sufficiency when support services are available onsite. We are
pleased to provide operational funding to provide health services
for women in need at this new building.”
Jack Wong, CEO of Real Estate Foundation of B.C.
“Our foundation is pleased to support this new
transition housing project for women and children. Secure,
affordable homes can provide stability to people’s
lives and contribute to healthier, more resilient communities.
Congratulations to all the partners that are helping make this
happen in Prince Rupert.”
Christine White, executive director of the North Coast
Transition Society (NCTS)–
“It feels as if the moment has been reached
that it has become the responsibility of the NCTS, with their
community partners of Prince Rupert and area, to be the overseers
of this project. Our goal is to provide a wide range of supports
that assist people in achieving stability in their lives. By
providing housing and support in a client-centred environment, NCTS
builds relationships with clients and creates an environment of
trust and opportunities for change, without judgments.”
New transitional housing for women in Prince Rupert
February 28th, 2013
Since 2001, the B.C. government has invested $3.2 billion to provide affordable housing for low-income individuals, seniors and families. This year, more than 97,000 B.C. households will benefit from provincial social housing programs and services.
Under B.C.’s Family Agenda, government is committed to improving housing for low-income families, seniors, and people experiencing homelessness. To learn more, visit www.familiesfirstbc.ca.
In 2011-12, the B.C. government invested over $2.6 million to provide subsidized housing and rent supplements for more than 450 Prince Rupert households.
North Coast Transition Society is a non-profit organization that provides services and programs for women and children survivors of violence. The Society publicly addresses issues of violence, homelessness, poverty, addictions and social justice.
For information on provincial housing programs: www.bchousing.org
To learn more about North Coast Transition Society, please visit: www.ncts.ca