Statistics show that 1 in 4 women are the victim of domestic abuse. Women leaving abusive relationships cite not having access to affordable housing as one of the major barriers to leaving an abusive relationship.
Housing co-ops can provide affordable homes in safe and nurturing communities that can foster growth.
The Domestic Violence Relief Fund (DVRF) assists women who have experienced or are at risk of abuse, threats, or violence, who cannot afford to pay for their shares when they move into a housing co-op. The DVRF helps by providing loans with no fee or interest to qualified beneficiaries. In the event that a woman leaves her co-op without repaying her share purchase loan, CHF BC will pardon the loan to the co-op.
This program is administered by the Community Housing Land Trust Foundation who is passionate about empowering women who leave abusive relationships by helping with the share purchase cost.