BC Hydro donates $50,000 to emergency, transitional housing in Fort St. John

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FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — BC Hydro has provided more information today on a total of $50,000 donated in funding for emergency and transitional housing programs in Fort St. John.

The City of Fort St. John and BC Hydro negotiated for funding of emergency/transitional housing providers to be included in an agreement-in-principle for a Community Measures Agreement between the two parties.

The full donation is made up of two $25,000 donations to two separate organizations. One donation will support the Meaope Transition House, and one will support Sky’s Place.

Meaope Transition House provides safe shelter, meals and short-term support to women and their children who are experiencing abuse, or who are at risk due to homelessness. It is operated by North Peace Community Resources Society, also known as the Community Bridge.

“The $25,000 has made it possible for us to renovate our existing facility and increase our capacity to accommodate women and children who are experiencing violence and abuse,” said Karla Marsh Executive Director, Community Bridge.

Skye’s Place, operated by the Women’s Resource Society, is a second-stage housing program for women with children who are leaving an abusive relationship.

It is a “12-unit housing facility that provides a transitional safe refuge, for up to two years, for women with children who are restarting their lives after leaving abusive relationships,” said Amanda Trotter, Executive Director, Fort St. John Women’s Resource Society, adding that the $25,000 contribution is greatly appreciated.

Vice-President and Project director of Site C, Diane McSherry, says they are pleased to be supporting the two organizations.

“We recognize the need and importance of investing in emergency and transitional housing providers in Fort St. John,” she said.

BC Hydro previously donated funding for transitional housing with a $200,000 to the Salvation Army in 2015. It included $175,000 for building repairs and maintenance at the Salvation Army’s Northern Centre of Hope, and a $25,000 donation to kick off the Christmas Kettle Campaign.