More space in women’s shelters is needed in Manitoba and across Canada.
The Canadian Network of Women’s Shelters and Transition Houses says one day last year, 234 shelters had to turn away almost three-quarters of the women and children because there was no room.
680 CJOB checked that one day snapshot here in Manitoba and of the 14 shelters, three were full.
The Network’s Executive Director Lise Martin tells us there are a lot of issues involved, including infrastructure.
“There have not been new shelters that have been opened for at least 10 years across the country. You know, in fact, Saskatchewan just opened its first new shelter in 30 years, a few months ago, I believe,” said Martin.
She says affordable housing is also a problem; saying that when women decide to leave an abusive home, they often have nowhere to turn.