Women and children fleeing domestic violence in Kings, Annapolis and Hants counties will soon have access to a new place of safety and refuge, with the support of the provincial and federal governments.
Chrysalis House will receive more than $1 million towards the construction of a new facility. Chrysalis is a non-profit organization that has provided shelter and support services to women and children in the Annapolis Valley for 32 years.
Kelly Regan, Minister responsible for Housing Nova Scotia, and the Nova Scotia Advisory Council on the Status of Women, and Scott Brison, President of the Treasury Board, on behalf of Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister responsible for Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, made the announcement today, Oct. 12, in Kentville.
The transition house will allow women and children to have a new place of safety and support and will offer programs and services to help women consider their options and determine their path forward.
Chrysalis House offers shelter, outreach programs and crisis services 24-hours a day, seven days a week.
“Supporting women and children who are leaving domestic violence is a priority for government,” said Ms. Regan. “Replacing Chrysalis House will help women and children in the Annapolis Valley get the support they need, and give them hope for a brighter future.”
“Our government is working hard to strengthen our communities by providing Canadians with safe, affordable housing,” said Mr. Brison. “Funding for Chrysalis House is emblematic of these new investments to ensure that survivors of domestic violence are able to enjoy a safe and stable environment.”
“We are thrilled to have this opportunity to provide innovative services in a purpose-built space that will enhance supports for women and children who have experienced violence and abuse,” said Ginger MacPhee, executive director of Chrysalis House. “This substantial funding from the provincial and federal governments serves as the foundation of our capital campaign for Project Renew. We are grateful for the contribution of government and our community supporters who share our vision of healthy communities through collaboration.”
Housing Nova Scotia will invest and administer a total of $1 million in federal funding to support the construction of Chrysalis House. The Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation will invest an additional $25,000 of seed funding.
In August 2016 both governments announced investments in affordable housing, which included support for victims of domestic violence. Housing Nova Scotia is investing $5.2 million in federal funding to support the construction and renovation of shelters for victims of domestic violence and transition houses. The funding for today’s announcement comes from this broader investment.