Al­berta Gov­ern­ment sup­ports women’s shel­ters with new in­vest­ment

The McLeod River Post - - Family, Farm & Garden -

Women and chil­dren af­fected by fam­ily vi­o­lence will ben­e­fit from en­hanced sup­ports.

The Gov­ern­ment of Al­berta is ful­fill­ing its com­mit­ment to en­hance sup­ports for women and chil­dren af­fected by fam­ily vi­o­lence with $15 mil­lion in new fund­ing. This in­vest­ment will help make a broader range of sup­ports avail­able, in­clud­ing coun­selling or other com­mu­nity sup­ports, such as help lo­cat­ing hous­ing or ac­cess­ing fi­nan­cial as­sis­tance.

“The Al­berta Gov­ern­ment is com­mit­ted to pro­tect­ing women and chil­dren af­fected by fam­ily vi­o­lence. This new fund­ing will help en­sure they are safe and get the sup­port they need to main­tain their in­de­pen­dence free of vi­o­lence.”

Ir­fan Sabir, Min­is­ter of Hu­man Ser­vices

“Women and chil­dren af­fected by fam­ily vi­o­lence need some­where safe to re­build their lives af­ter leav­ing an abu­sive re­la­tion­ship. Our gov­ern­ment is com­mit­ted to sup­port­ing sur­vivors by pro­vid­ing a broader ar­ray of ser­vices, such as coun­selling and help ac­cess­ing fi­nan­cial as­sis­tance as they con­tinue their jour­ney to­ward in­de­pen­dence.”

- Shan­non Phillips, Min­is­ter Re­spon­si­ble for the Sta­tus of Women

+Fol­low­ing con­sul­ta­tion with the Al­berta Coun­cil of Women’s Shel­ters (ACWS) and its mem­bers, sev­eral ar­eas will be sup­ported, in­clud­ing:

Help­ing off­set in­creased op­er­at­ing costs at women’s emer­gency shel­ters.

Pro­vid­ing pro­gram fund­ing in all 11 sec­ond-stage shel­ters.

Hir­ing 84 new out­reach sup­port work­ers and 40 child and youth coun­sel­lors to work in shel­ters and com­mu­ni­ties across the province.

In­creased fee-for-ser­vice rates to sup­port on-re­serve emer­gency shel­ters.

En­hanc­ing data col­lec­tion, re­search and train­ing.

For the 2015-16 fis­cal year, the ad­di­tional fund­ing brings the to­tal an­nual in­vest­ment to more than $49 mil­lion to sup­port women’s emer­gency and sec­ond-stage shel­ters.

The Al­berta Gov­ern­ment also re­cently an­nounced nearly $10 mil­lion for 76 lo­cal projects to pre­vent fam­ily and sex­ual vi­o­lence and child abuse through the Fam­ily and Com­mu­nity Safety Pro­gram grants. This in­cluded al­most $672,000 to en­hance pro­grams of­fered through four or­ga­ni­za­tion’s sup­port­ing women’s emer­gency shel­ters, along with the Al­berta Coun­cil of Women’s Shel­ters.

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