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Provincial and Federal Governments Announce New Shelter Beds for Women in Marystown



The federal and provincial governments have teamed up to provide funding to support women and children at risk of fleeing violence on the Burin Peninsula.


The joint funding amounts to more than $7.5 million to build a shelter for women in Marystown.


Owned and operated by Grace Sparkes House, the new shelter will have 10 private rooms with 20 beds, with a design that will accommodate single women, women with children and trans women who are in emergency need.


The shelter will have a safe interior space with a fenced-in outdoor courtyard. Security features such as cameras monitored by staff, deadbolts and keycard entry will also be in place. The residents will have access to both an in-suite kitchenette and a communal kitchen, as well as laundry facilities in each wing of the building.


Construction of the project is expected to be completed in spring 2024.


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