The Getting Home Project: Overcoming Barriers to Housing after Violence Project is a three-year, community-based project, focusing on reducing barriers to safe, secure, and affordable housing for women fleeing violence in BC. The project is working towards community-based solutions and policy recommendations that alleviate barriers to women accessing appropriate housing.
The Getting Home Project has published a province-wide community needs assessment report on the barriers to long-term, safe and affordable housing for women experiencing violence. This report is available below to download.
Also, the project has established several community-level projects and a province-wide advisory committee. These initiatives include:
- In Vancouver, we are working towards the development of sustainable partnerships between second stage houses and the Co-operative Housing Federation of BC to provide long-term and affordable housing unit to women.
- In the Comox Valley, we are exploring the feasiblity of private funding for flexible suppliments to the HPP program.
- With partners throughout the Lower Mainland, we are researching the unintended consequences of the National Occupancy Standards are a barrier to housing for single mothers and intergenerational families.
- With 6 representatives from across the province, we have established a Rural Housing Advisory Committee (RHAC) to to highlight the key housing barriers, research best-practices and brainstorm solutions for safe homes and transition house programs in rural, remote and isolated communities.
The Getting Home Project is funded by Status of Women Canada. It launched in 2018 and will run to 2021. This project is in partnership with the BC Non-Profit Housing Association, The Co-operative Housing Federation of BC, BC Housing and Vancity Community Foundation.