Every three months, transition houses, safe homes, and second stage housing sites funded through BC Housing’s WTHSP are asked to provide summary (not individual level) data to BC Housing about programs. This data looks at indicators such as referrals, stays, and departures. The indicators included in this report highlight program statistics, program outcomes, and demographics of those accessing the programs. This analysis helps with program planning and research across different government branches. The reports show data for each of the three WTHSP program types as well as trend data where available.
Transition houses provide safe, temporary 24/7 staffed shelter, typically up to 30 days. Most transition houses are residential homes in confidential locations where women and families live communally. Support workers in these homes provide emotional support, crisis intervention and safety planning.
Safe homes are often located in smaller remote or rural communities and provide safe shelter typically for up to 10 days. Safe Home programs provide short-term shelter, emotional support, safety planning and referrals. Short-term safe shelter is provided in a variety of ways depending on the community, such as an apartment or townhouse unit, a hotel or motel, or a secure room in a private home.
Second Stage Housing
Second stage housing is usually a private, secure, low-cost apartment or townhouse unit where women and accompanied children can live safely and independently, typically for 6 - 18 months. Staff are available to provide emotional support, safety planning and referrals.