Women who choose to leave an abusive relationship have the option to access to safer, affordable housing for themselves and their children. Our Transitional Counselling and Support Services Program, which includes Second Stage housing and counselling support, may be available to women following a stay at the Shelter. The Women’s Centre Grey Bruce offers the Second Stage Housing Program to assist women as they seek a safe, violence free future for themselves and their children.

Ten unfurnished, clean, well maintained two or three bedroom townhouses are equipped each with a fridge, stove, washer and dryer. Units offer a private patio with access to a large, secure, fenced yard creating a community to support the development and growth of women and their families. Residents can meet regularly and enjoy the benefits of support, socialization and networking. The program gives women an environment in which to commit to building a safer and violence free future for themselves and their families.

Accommodation through Second Stage Housing can be provided for up to one year, as families rebuild their lives. Occupancy is granted through application only, and if accepted, women must agree to participate in a support program and sign an occupancy contract. As the year comes to an end at Second Stage, staff advocate for women to move into more permanent Ontario Housing units or support women in making the transition to market rent housing.

To find out more about Second Stage Housing and counselling options call the Women’s Centre Grey Bruce Inc at 519-376-0755.