Partners celebrate Betty House sod-turning

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Yellowknife (Nov. 22, 2013) – Construction is set to begin on the $4.8 million Betty (Better Environment To Transition in Yellowknife) House project in Yellowknife. The transitional home for women will celebrate with a sod-turning event on Friday, November 22 at 10 a.m. on the Betty House site on 54th Street, across from Aurora College.

The Northwest Territories Housing Corporation (NWTHC), the City of Yellowknife, the Yellowknife Homelessness Coalition and the YWCA Yellowknife will be hosting the event to signal the beginning of the building of Betty House.

“Betty House fills a critical shelter need,” said Minister Responsible for the NWT Housing Corporation and Minister Responsible for Homelessness Robert C. McLeod. “The Northwest Territories Housing Corporation is a proud partner in the construction of Betty House. The transitional home for women and women with children is part of the NWTHC’s overall priority of strengthening the supports for homelessness.”

Construction of Betty House will continue through the winter months with a goal of completion in spring 2014. The NWTHC is contributing $2.3 million to the project.  Dominion Diamond Corporation ($700,000) and the Government of Canada ($1.8 million) are also major funding partners for the project.

“The City is excited to see the starting of Betty House in Yellowknife. We have great hopes that it will contribute to a better life for many Yellowknifers and northerners,” said Yellowknife Mayor Mark Heyck.

Lyda Fuller, Executive Director of YWCA Yellowknife, said, “the YWCA is thrilled that Betty House is beginning to take shape.  This signals a significant step forward for single women and women with children who are transitioning from life in an emergency shelter or have been on the streets of Yellowknife with nowhere else to turn.”

The community is invited to come join in the celebration and witness the sod-turning. Refreshments will be provided.

For more information contact:

Cara Bryant
Communications Advisor
NWTHC
(867) 873-7853
cara_bryant@gov.nt.ca

Dayle Hernblad
City of Yellowknife
(867)669-3409
Dayle.hernblad@yellowknife.ca

Julie Green
YWCA Yellowknife
(867) 446- 1665
juliegreen@theedge.ca