The Building BC: Women’s Transition Housing Fund is an investment of $734 million over the next 10 years to build and operate 1,500 new units of housing for women, including transition houses, safe homes, second-stage, and long-term housing.
The Women’s Transition Housing Fund program provides women and their children who are at risk of violence and/or who have experienced violence with access to safe, secure and confidential services. Those services include information and support for decision-making, short-term shelter or housing, referrals to other services, and links to safe, affordable housing.
The new women’s housing will be operated by non-profit providers who specialize in housing and supports for women and children who are experiencing or at risk of violence.
The Province, through BC Housing, will select projects based on community need, with the goal of building 1,500 supportive housing units over the next decade.
The program is guided by these principles:
- A women-centred approach to service delivery that includes respect for and support of women’s decisions/choices
- The safety and security of women and children is paramount
- The role of power imbalances is acknowledged and responded to and addressed throughout the service delivery process
- An open and collaborative sector environment.
- Transparent and accountable service delivery
All women and their dependent children, who are at risk of violence or have experienced violence and who require services related to their risk or experience of violence are eligible for program services regardless of ethno-cultural background, religious beliefs, physical ability, health including mental health and substance use issues, social context, sexual orientation and/or gender identity.
Expression of Interest
The first Expression of Interest (EOI) for non-profit service providers to operate projects under the Building BC: Women’s Transition Housing closed on July 13, 2018.
BC Housing will use the EOI responses and available program data — including a review of the current Women’s Transition Housing & Supports program — to identify targeted communities. We will select service providers based on each specific community’s requirements and the level of provider interest.