BC Housing develops, manages and administers a wide range of subsidized housing options across the province. They address critical gaps across the housing continuum, which range from emergency shelter and rent assistance in the private market to affordable home ownership. BC Housing works with about 800 housing providers in communities across British Columbia and we are proud to partner with them to provide our transition house and homelessness prevention programs.
Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General works collaboratively across government and with community partners to address domestic violence issues. They currently fund over 400 victim services and violence against women programs across British Columbia. This includes over 240 violence against women counselling and outreach programs that provide services for women and children who have experienced domestic violence and other violent crimes. In addition, the ministry funds over 160 Police-Based and Community-Based Victim Service Programs, providing emotional support, information, referrals and practical assistance to victims of crime and trauma. We are please to partner with PSSG to provide counseling and advocacy programs for women, children and their families in the North Okanagan.
Department of Justice seeks to improve access to justice for victims and survivors of crime and to support projects and activities that encourage the development of new approaches, promote access to justice, improve the capacity of service providers, foster the establishment of referral networks, and/or increase awareness of services available to victims of crime and their families. The Child Advocacy Centres (CACs) Initiative funding is available to organizations like the Archway Society whose programs and activities are aligned with the Victims Fund and Government of Canada priorities. Archway Society’s Oak Center brings together a multi-disciplinary team to provide a coordinated and comprehensive response to address the needs of children, youth and their families in cases where abuse is suspected. We seek to minimize system-induced trauma and support longer-term well-being by providing a child-friendly facility for young victims and their families to seek services ideally under one roof. We are very proud of our leadership in this area and happy to partner with Department of Justice on our Child and Youth Advocacy Centre – the Oak Centre.
Legal Services Society provides innovative and collaborative legal aid services that enable people with low incomes to effectively address their issues within the justice system, so they can find lasting and timely solutions to their legal issues. To advance that goal, LSS builds partnerships with community groups that help people to access and use public legal education and information (PLEI) resources and other LSS services to solve legal problems, and that raise awareness of the LSS services in the community through outreach activities. The Archway Society for Domestic Peace is proud to be a community partner with Legal Services Society in providing these services.