Friday, March 1, 2013

Eagles Landing officially opens it doors for transition and supportive housing

“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 Society.” -- Mayor Jack Mussallem, City of Prince Rupert 

A new 23 unit building for transitional and supportive housing has officially opened it's doors, with Eagles Landing now part of the community and ready to offer a place to live and support for women and their children that are fleeing domestic abuse in the community.

Some background on he new housing option was provided on Thursday with a News Release from BC Housing which outlines some of the key points on the road to completing the much anticipated residence.

Built on the old site of the former Moresby townhouses, the new building on Park Avenue was designed to provide for the transitional and supportive housing needs of at-risk women and their children.

The Transitional process provides for temporary apartments and support services for up to two years for those that seek their service. Providing tenants the time and assistance that they may require to stabilize their lives before moving on to more independent and permanent forms of housing.

The building is managed and operated by the North Coast Transition Society, which provides a number of programs and services in the community. NCTS has long been an advocate on issues of violence, homelessness, poverty, addictions and social justice.

“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.”-- Christine White, executive director of the North Coast Transition Society (NCTS)–

Funding for the building came from a number of sources, with the Province of British Columbia  contributing over 5.4 million for the development, the province will also provide annual operational funding of over $730,000 in addition to $195,000 in program funding.

The Real Estate Foundation of British Columbia provided a grant of $275,000 for the project, while Northern Health will provide some $54,000 in annual operational funding.

You can learn more about the North Coast Transition Society from their website.

March 6-- Northern View- Eagle Landing opens to provide refuge for abused women, children (e edition pg 10)
March 13-- Northern View-- New North Coast Transition Society facility opened in Prince Rupert

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