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Investing in safe housing for women in crisis

Minister Sigurdson and YW Calgary CEO Sue Tomney at the YW Hub project, which will see 100 new transitional housing spaces for women and children.

Seniors and Housing Minister Lori Sigurdson announced $8.6 million of capital funding for YWCA Calgary for construction of 100 transitional shelter homes in their new Hub facility.

Once construction is complete, the YW Hub will feature 100 single suites, each with a private bathroom and access to a community kitchen and living space. The facility will provide women with wraparound services such as counselling, employment and training opportunities, as well as 90 childcare spaces.

Designed by women for women, YW Hub will become a safe place for clients to stay while they take the first step from crisis to stability for themselves and their children.

“All Albertans should have a safe place to call home. Our government is proud to work with YW Calgary to support women during difficult times in their lives. To those women, I want you to know we stand with you and are committed to helping you with the supports you need.”

Lori Sigurdson, Minister of Seniors and Housing

“Through key partnerships with government and donors and by leveraging our assets, the YW’s legacy of strong women leading in our community continues. This new heart of YW operations was envisioned by an all-female board of directors, led by an all-female executive team and executed by an all-female architectural team. The project enables the YW to continue delivering our mission of supporting women when and where they need us most.”

Rebecca Morley, chair, YWCA Calgary Board of Directors

“When I was facing homelessness, YW Calgary took me in and gave me much-needed support and counsel. Now, I’m building a meaningful and secure life for myself. This new facility will give women and children access to shelter and other critical supports that are truly life-changing.”

Michelle, YW transitional housing client

Quick facts

  • It is estimated the construction of the YW Calgary Hub facility will create 100 construction jobs over 16 months.
  • Construction has already begun and the facility is on schedule to open in spring 2019.
  • The total cost of the project is $60 million and includes investments from YW Calgary, private philanthropy and all levels of government (currently provincial and municipal contributions have been confirmed and federal funding is under review).
  • YW Calgary is the largest and longest serving women’s organization in Calgary.

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