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Housing crisis impacts women’s shelter

By Lisa Gervais, The Highlander |

The Highlands’ housing crisis is being felt by the YWCA Peterborough Haliburton with a lack of affordable housing meaning women and children are having to stay long-term at the County’s only shelter.

YWCA director of client services, Darlene Smith-Harrison, said “sometimes the women are with us much longer than they want to be mostly due to the lack of affordable housing for them to move on to. It’s such a huge barrier.”

She added, “If there are any landlords out there at all who have decent, safe housing, we’d really love to hear from them and make that connection so that we can help the women and the families move on.”

Smith-Harrison made the comments in speaking about a $50,000 donation to the YWCA Haliburton Emergency Rural SafeSpace (HERS) by David and Patricia Morton of the Morton Family Foundation. They donated $50,000 last year as well and have donated $130,000 to date. (Read more…)