NDP

Housing should not be a barrier to leaving violence

January 10, 2017


For immediate release.

January 10, 2017

SYDNEY – Women and children leaving violent situations in Cape Breton are staying at a local shelter for months instead of weeks because they cannot afford to rent an apartment, according to the Executive Director of Transition House in Sydney.

“No woman should be stuck in an unsafe situation because she cannot afford an apartment. We can make sure people have enough money to live and affordable apartments to live in,” said NDP Leader Gary Burrill. “Introducing a $15 minimum wage, increasing social assistance rates to make sure people have enough to rent an apartment and buy groceries, and building more affordable housing units are actions government could take today to prevent this unthinkable situation.”

“Across the province, the shortage of truly affordable housing – housing for Nova Scotians on lower and fixed incomes – has repercussions,” said NDP critic for housing Lisa Roberts. “In this case, a lack of affordable housing is limiting women’s ability to pursue the future they want for their children. But this shortage also results in social isolation when the only housing people can afford is a long way from services and community centres. It results in longer hospital stays if there is nowhere for someone to be discharged. It results in many people staying in unsafe, unfit housing because there are no affordable options.”

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For more information, contact Kaley Kennedy at 902-229-6881 or kaley.kennedy@novascotia.ca