TRURO – Two local organizations dedicated to supporting vulnerable women and children will benefit from increased funding from the provincial government.
The province has earmarked $500,000 in additional funding to help transition houses, women's centres and second stage housing to provide more support for women and children.
Third Place Transition House in Truro is one of nine transition houses that will receive $16,454 to enhance outreach and Central Nova Women’s resource Centre is one of the province's eight women's centers that will receive an eight per cent increase, or $15,238 each, to address operating costs.
Heather Russell, executive director of the Central Nova Women’s Resource Centre in Truro, said they are “very happy” with the increase in provincial funding.
“We struggle with just trying to meet operation costs,” said Russell. “It’s great that our services are being valued and recognized.”
She said the centre has experienced an increase in demand for programs and services in recent months so the newly announced funds will help them continue to offer support and grow.
Sandra Falle, executive director of Third Place Transition House in Truro, said they are “excited” about the additional funds.
“It helps provide extra programing and staff hours to do more outreach in the community,” she said. Transition houses provide crisis and transitional services for women and their children who experience violence and abuse. Second stage housing helps people live independently, with support to build skills and confidence.
Falle said outreach is a very important part of their programing because it allows women to access their services.
“It will also enable us to increase what we are already able to provide,” said Falle.
Women's centres provide information, services, programs, support and advocacy programs and services to improve the well-being and economic status of women and adolescent girls.
The $500,000 in new funding was included in the 2014-15 Nova Scotia budget.
"Government made a commitment to increase supports to help women and children leave dangerous situations and move to safe housing where they can continue to move forward in their lives," said Community Services Minister Joanne Bernard, in a news release.
"Today we are keeping our commitment and providing sustainable funding so these organizations can continue to provide quality programs and services to more women and children."