Chilliwack – Ann Davis Transition Society (ADTS) is extremely appreciative to BC Housing and pleased to announce that they are providing funding to open a permanent 10 bedroom, specialized transition house for women who are fleeing violence, at risk of violence or homelessness.
The society thanks Leo Vanderhoek who approached Ann Davis Society Executive Director, Patti MacAhonic with the offer to buy his already zoned property to help make a difference for women.
This is a perfect fit for the good work that Ann Davis Society continues to do in our community for over the past 38 years as a registered charity. The Women’s Centre which it will be known as plans to be officially open by September 30th after renovations are completed.
The new Women’s Centre will be a specialized transition house for single women and will receive funding for 10 beds and offers emergency and transitional services, legal assistance, family reunification and counseling. We receive more than 1,300 crisis calls each year. Right now, staff are also dealing with an increase in the number of women fleeing human trafficking in the area as well as the housing unaffordability.
Last year in BC, more than 12,300 women and children were assisted by provincially-funded transition houses, second-stage housing and safe homes.
This year, the Province is providing approximately $34.6 million to support more than 830 spaces in transition and safe houses as well as second-stage housing throughout B.C.