A provincial and federal funding announcement is expected to largely wipe out Hamilton’s housing wait list for women fleeing domestic violence.
The city is receiving 1.2 million dollars over the next two years as one of 20 communities chosen to pilot a portable, rent-geared-to-income, survivors of domestic violence housing benefit program.
Councillor Matthew Green says it’s about offering hope to the most vulnerable, adding that 128 families will receive immediate help from this one intervention.
By making the funding “portable”, Joanne Priel, the city’s general manager of community services, adds that it gives women the chance to go someplace “where they feel safe and where their children feel safe”.
Liberal M-P-P Ted McMeekin was joined by Liberal M-P Filomena Tassi in making the announcement at city hall on Friday afternoon.