Building Supports: Equitable access to housing services for immigrant and refugee women leaving violence is a community-based project led by three project partners: BC Non-Profit Housing Association, BC Society of Transition Houses and The FREDA Centre for Research on Violence Against Women and Children. Year one of this three year project is focused on research and has three parts:

  1. Online surveys with transition house and multi-service agency staff across BC;
  2. Individual interviews with housing managers across BC;
  3. Focus groups and individual interviews with immigrant and refugee women who have left abusive relationships.

The partners have released this infographic outlining the findings from the survey of service providers.  A final report summarizing the findings from all three phases of the research will be disseminated widely in Spring 2015  These findings share the perspectives of transition house and multi-service agency staff.  They do not yet include the voices of women with lived experience.

Year two of the project will be focused on developing and piloting promising practices for transition house providers.   The final year will identify and develop strategies to reduce policy barriers to housing for immigrant and refugee women leaving violence.

The project is funded by the Vancouver Foundation and the Representative for Children and Youth.