Home Next Door
WINGS extends its services by opening the Home Next Door
The first-of-its-kind in Edmonton, WINGS extended its services in the summer of 2012 to open The Home Next Door – an affordable housing complex which provides a safe and secure home
in a healthy, supportive community, to women with children to promote continued healing and independence.
Women’s Access to Affordable Housing Key to Eliminating Family Violence
WINGS recognized some families were leaving the second-stage shelter early in order to secure accommodations or staying beyond the standard program of six months when no other
accommodations could be secured, preventing the WINGS shelter from offering space in our programs to other families in need.
By addressing the shortage of affordable housing, The Home Next Door at WINGS aims to break the cycle of multi-generational poverty for future generations.
The Home Next Door at WINGS includes:
- 30,000 square feet of space consisting of 29 fully-furnished apartments.
- Restriction of public access to the building. Security cameras to monitor traffic in and around the building.
- Live-in caretaker for enhanced safety.
- On-site Rocky Forest Daycare. Provides quality, professional child care services so that women can return to work or school.
- An Outreach Program which continues to support women and their children as they integrate into the community.
Facts About Family Violence
While not all children who witness violence suffer direct physical abuse, they frequently develop long-term behavioural and psychological problems. Exposure to violence can affect children’s brain development and ability to learn, and lead to a wide range of behavioural and emotional issues such as anxiety, aggression, bullying, phobias, and insomnia.
(Child Abuse/Children Exposed to Violence Information Sheet, Alberta Children and Youth Services, October 2008. Available: http://www.child.alberta.ca/home/images/familyviolence/doc_opfvb_sheet_child_colour.pdf)
Violence against women happens in all cultures and religions, in all ethnic and racial communities, at every age, and in every income group.
"For nearly 10 years I have dealt with an abusive cycle: being with the father of my children. I had exhausted all my options trying to leave on several occasions. Knowing what abuses were to come, it was clear I had to find another way out. I swallowed my pride and went to a women’s shelter. This was where I heard of WINGS.
At first I did not apply since I was determined to do it on my own. However a single mother with three children on income support cannot find housing at reasonable costs. With only a few days left at the women’s shelter, I applied for WINGS.
Now I have an apartment of my own and my children are safe. Having people there to help me through this transition has been most reassuring. My counsellor has been there to help me while I attain proper paperwork to help keep myself, as well as my children, safe. Breaking an abusive cycle alone has never worked out for me. Now I am more confident that I can finally be free this time.
Without WINGS I had nowhere safe to go and probably would have ended back living with my children’s father. Without my counsellors support I would have never applied for an Emergency Protective Order which was something I should have done long ago. I am excited to get my children back in a routine with a proper lifestyle. They deserve it."