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Local women's shelters getting emergency COVID funding

Shelters in Nipissing-Timiskaming will receive between $15,000 and $47,000 each
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Five women’s shelters in Nipissing-Timiskaming will benefit from the latest round of funding from the Covid-19 Emergency Gender Based Violence Funding.

Those shelters include The Crisis Centre North Bay, Nipissing Transition House, Community Counselling Centre of Nipissing, The Elizabeth Fry Society of Northeastern Ontario, and the Mattawa Women’s Resource Centre.

“Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, gender-based violence, including sexual abuse and exploitation, and intimate partner violence was far too common,"  says MP Anthony Rota, "This unprecedented time has brought with it challenges that many organizations could not manage alone.”

Shelters in Nipissing-Timiskaming will receive between $15,000 and $47,000 each, to continue to help address the immediate needs of organizations that provide a range of gender-based violence supports and services, such as emergency helplines, crisis and resource centres, counselling support, crisis intervention, drop-in services, and support groups.

It can also be used for protective equipment, childminding, helping women find alternative housing, and additional staff coverage and capacity.