At the YWCA in downtown Regina Tuesday morning, the governments of Canada and Saskatchewan announced their partnership, one which would see improved housing options for victims of domestic violence.
The partnership would see around $4.2 million dollars contributed through the Shelter Enhancement Program to support 14 different projects across nine communities in Saskatchewan.
· $1.8 million for Piwapan Women’s Centre and Sapohtewan House, La Ronge.
· $1.2 million for Waskoosis Safe Shelter, Meadow Lake.
· $268,000 for Isabel Johnson Shelter and Kikinaw Women’s Residence, Regina.
· $236,000 for South West Crisis Services, Swift Current.
· $180,000 for Shelwin House, Yorkton.
· $84,000 for Saskatoon Interval House, Saskatoon.
· $76,000 for The Battlefords Interval House, North Battleford.
· $67,000 for Project Safe Haven, Yorkton.
· $60,000 for Moose Jaw Transition House, Moose Jaw.
· $56,000 for Wichihik Iskwewak Safe House, Regina.
· $40,000 for Regina Transition House, Regina.
· $20,000 for Prince Albert Safe Shelter for Women, Prince Albert.
“It’s a very economic development, but even more, a very important social development to make sure that these facilities are as good as they can possibly be,” said Minister of Public Safety Ralph Goodale, who was on hand for the announcement.
That point of view was similarly shared by CEO of the YWCA Melissa Coomber-Bendtsen, who said the funds are allowing them to give help to those facilities who need it the most.
“We were able to do some much needed renovation and work in our Isabel Johnson Domestic Violence Shelter, and also our Kikinaw residence, which is 61 rooms of affordable supported housing,” she said.