Hastings County will be looking to make transitional housing units for victims of family violence, with the help of Maggie’s Resource Centre.
The Hastings County Joint Community and Human Services Committee is recommending to County Council that $500,000 be re-allocated to the Centre from a housing fund that aimed to create an 8-bed shelter in the Town of Bancroft. The county received a grant from the Federal Government’s Reaching Home Rural and Remote program last year to create transitional housing in the Town of Bancroft. However, all proposals submitted to the Committee were over budget.
The Committee wants to move that money to create a 5-bed transitional housing unit in Bancroft for women and children facing domestic violence in the community. County Warden Rick Philips says he is meeting with provincial and federal governments to make sure that funding is maintained to address the housing needs in North Hastings.