The provincial government is partnering with community organization, Blooming House, to open a women’s shelter in the Charlottetown as a winter pilot project. Blooming Housing will receive $60,000 from the Province to hire the staff needed and get this project up and running to help Island women in urgent need of this service. A Housing Action Plan task force is collaborating with community partners across the province to help Islanders tackle the variety of challenges some are experiencing in securing shelter.
Says Liz Corney, Blooming House Co-founder, “Blooming House aims to be a safe place, and fill a gap as one of the only overnight options for homeless women in Charlottetown. We aspire to create a warm environment, free of judgement. This funding will help us pay our staff who will be responsible for the safety and care of our guests. Our pilot project for the next few months will help us learn more about the needs of women in Charlottetown so we can plan for the future of Blooming House.”
Blooming House will have eight beds and complement existing shelter services offered through the PEI Family Violence Coalition’s Anderson House and Chief Mary Bernard Memorial Women’s Shelter in Prince County. Bedford MacDonald House is an emergency shelter option for men operated by the Salvation Army.