November 14, 2016 | Jennifer Saltman
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Two New Democrat MLAs are asking the province to take “immediate action” and provide operational funding for a proposed transition house in Delta.
“This is a critically important project for women and children at risk in Delta,” Judy Darcy, opposition spokesperson on health, and David Eby, opposition spokesperson on housing, wrote in an open letter they released at a news conference on Monday.
The letter is addressed to Premier Christy Clark and Housing Minister Rich Coleman.
Unlike other municipalities in B.C. that are a similar size, Delta has no transition house for women and children fleeing domestic violence.
A working group, led by the Canadian Federation of University Women South Delta, wants to change that and has secured a house from the Corporation of Delta and federal government funding of $122,000 for renovations. Chimo Community Services has agreed to operate the proposed house.
Now, the working group needs to secure $500,000 per year in operating money by the end of November to make the transition house a reality. Otherwise, the federal funding disappears.