Alberta’s government is providing the Peace River Regional Women’s Shelter with $400,000 in one-time funding to help cover remediation costs.

The Peace River Regional Women’s Shelter temporarily closed their emergency shelter beds for renovation earlier this winter after discovering black mould in their facility. To help the shelter safely reopen the emergency beds and continue providing support services to women and children fleeing violence, the government is providing $400,000 to assist with the remediation costs.

Peace River Regional Women’s Shelter receives $1,262,490 annually from Alberta’s government to operate a 24-bed women’s emergency shelter and a three-unit second-stage shelter. The second-stage shelter units were unaffected by the black mould and remain open. At the time of the shelter’s closure, alternate accommodations were immediately found for families who needed to stay safe. Peace River Regional Women’s Shelter continues to provide crisis support and outreach services such as counselling, safety assessments and planning, as well as helping clients find safe alternate accommodations while they complete renovations. Emergency shelter beds will reopen at the end of March.

Women’s emergency shelters provide short-term emergency accommodation, basic needs and connections to additional supports so that individuals and families fleeing domestic violence have a safe place to go. Alberta’s government invests more than $54 million in annual funding for women’s shelters, including annual funding to support operations for 31 women’s emergency shelters across the province and 17 second-stage shelters.

Information provided by the Government of Alberta

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