YWCA announces $60 million Regina facility for women, families fleeing domestic violence

YWCA Regina announced the $60 million project on Tuesday, June 28, 2022. Files

Women and children fleeing domestic violence or without a home will soon have access to a new centre in Regina.

On Tuesday, a new $60 million YWCA Centre for Women and Families was announced.

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The new space will feature 68 housing units, 40 shelter beds as well as pre-crisis support. The project is meant to support women and families fleeing domestic violence.

“There’s a vital need for individuals fleeing domestic and inter-partner violence to have a safe landing spot and reducing violence in our communities is a shared responsibility,” said Regina Mayor Sandra Masters.

The new centre will be located in the Cathedral neighbourhood of Regina.

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In order to finance the facility, multiple levels of government and organizations are coming together.

In total, the federal government is contributing roughly $33.9 million and the provincial government is providing $1 million. The City of Regina provided the land valued at $2 million, while the YWCA is contributing $13 million to the project and hopes to raise another $7 million during construction.

“The Centre for Women and Families has been, since day one, a project built from love, community, perseverance, and the belief that together, we can foster equity and healing,” YWCA CEO Melissa Coomber-Bendtsen said.

“To see this hard work come into fruition today as we break ground is truly an incredible feeling.”

The building will also feature community multi-purpose spaces, drop-in supports, communal kitchens, play areas as well as a healing and ceremony lodge.

The centre is expected to be complete in the fall of 2024.

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