Program reaches out to women

The Vernon Women’s Transition House has been awarded a homeless prevention program contract

The Vernon Women’s Transition House has been awarded a homeless prevention program contract through B.C. Housing.

Wynn Hartfelder, who has been working at Transition House for 15 years primarily as the outreach worker, has been hired as the homeless prevention outreach co-ordinator.

“This program will connect women and their dependent children who are at risk of homelessness to affordable housing, income assistance and community based support services,” said Monica Martin, residential programs manager.

“The homeless outreach co-ordinator will directly engage and assess clients’ needs, connect individuals and families with housing, supports and assist them with personal goals.”

The homeless prevention program will provide rental supplements and supports that specifically target women who have experienced violence or are at risk of homelessness.

The target client population will also include youth leaving the care system, people leaving the corrections and hospital systems and people of aboriginal descent.

“We are very excited to be able to launch this program in our community as it will connect the women and children that we serve with stable accommodation and appropriate services,” said Martin.

Hartfelder can be reached at 250-558-0171 or wynn.h@vwts.ca. The hours of operation are Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.