In response to calls from housing advocates, service providers and feminist leaders, the federal government has committed to ensuring at least 25% of funds go to projects for women, girls and their families.
The local YWCA is welcoming a new National Housing Strategy announced by the federal government. It's a $40 billion plan over ten years which focuses on affordable housing units and fixing up exisiting ones. YWCA Lethbridge and District Executive Director, Jennifer Lepko says we can certainly use some of that money here in the city. She says there is a serious lack of affordable housing in Lethbridge and notes looking at things from a gender perspective, it's very hard to house a woman and her children. Lepko notes there are affordable single spaces like one bedroom or studio unites, but when it comes to housing a woman and kids there is a major lack of space here. None of the money announced by the Trudeau government Wednesday (Nov. 22) will roll out until after the 2019 federal election, but Lepko says it'll give organizations like the YWCA time to plan. A main goal of the strategy is to reduce chronic homelessess by 50% and in response to calls from housing advocates, service providers and feminist leaders, the government has committed to ensuring that at least 25% of funds go to projects for women, girls and their families. Lepko says that's exactly what YWCA's across the country were hoping for she's very happy the federal government listened. - Pat Siedlecki & Tina Giesbrecht