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UPDATE: May 13th, 2024

???? Exciting News! We're Now Re-Registered as a Charity! ????

We're thrilled to share some exciting news with you all! The Tamitik Status of Women Association is now officially re-registered as a charity!

We want to extend our heartfelt gratitude to each and every one of you who has supported us along the way. Whether through words of encouragement, donations, volunteer work, or spreading awareness, your contributions have been invaluable.

We're excited about the future and the possibilities that lie ahead.

Thank you for being part of this journey with us!

February 21st, 2024

Dear Valued Donors,

We are writing with important information regarding our charitable status and the issuance of tax receipts for your generous donations. Unfortunately, due to an administrative filing error, the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) has revoked our charity's status as of September 16, 2023. This means that, effective as of the revocation date, we are no longer authorized to issue official donation receipts for income tax purposes.

We understand the importance of tax receipts to our donors, and we sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this situation may cause. The revocation occurred because our charity did not meet the CRA's requirements for filing the annual information return on time. We accept full responsibility for this oversight and are committed to rectifying the situation as swiftly as possible.

Our team is actively working with the CRA to address the filing error and to take the necessary steps to reinstate our charitable status. We are in the process of submitting all required documentation to reinstate our charity status and ensuring that we will meet future filing requirements without fail. We are dedicated to resolving this issue and restoring our ability to issue tax receipts to you, our valued supporters.

During this period, we hope you will continue to support our mission. Your contributions are still vital to the work we do, and we assure you that every donation will continue to be used to further our cause and make a positive impact. While we cannot offer the tax advantage of donation receipts at this moment, we hope your commitment to our shared goals will encourage you to stand by us.

We are here to answer any questions you may have about this situation and will provide updates as we move through the reinstatement process. Your trust is important to us, and we are dedicated to maintaining transparency and open communication throughout this challenging time.

Thank you for your understanding and continued support.

Sincerely,

Jordana Velho
Executive Director
Tamitik Status of Women
(250)632-8787 ext.7

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KITIMAT – Women and children leaving violence will soon have access to safe and secure homes as construction begins on a 44-unit housing development in Kitimat.

The project is a partnership between the Province, through BC Housing, the federal government, through Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, the District of Kitimat and the Tamitik Status of Women Association.

“We’re grateful to have many community partners like the Tamitik Status of Women Association who are committed to delivering safe, affordable housing with supports for vulnerable people seeking a new start,” said Grace Lore, Parliamentary Secretary for Gender Equity. “Everyone deserves a safe place to call home and to be able to live a life free from violence, and I know these 44 homes will change the lives of their residents."

The new four-storey building will include a 12-bed transition house, 12 units of second-stage housing and 20 units of permanent affordable housing for women and their children leaving violence in Kitimat and the surrounding area.

The transition house and second-stage housing will provide short-term accommodation with on-site supports for women leaving violence, including transgender women, non-binary and Two- Spirit people, and their dependent children. The development will provide women and their children the opportunity to seamlessly move from the transition house spaces into the second-stage units and affordable townhomes.

The District of Kitimat, in partnership with the Ministry of Education and Child Care and Haisla Nation, is developing a 24-hour child care facility on the same site.

“Child care is an important support as women start to rebuild their lives,” said Katrina Chen, Minister of State for Child Care. “Access to safe, high-quality child care will not only give these women peace of mind knowing their children are well cared for, it enables them to pursue education, training or other opportunities. Ensuring child care is available is one less barrier to a new start.”

The Tamitik Status of Women Association will operate the new development and

will provide on-site support services such as safety planning, crisis intervention, parenting support and tenancy skills.

Rent for the second-stage housing and townhomes will be calculated at 30% of residents’ income or the provincial shelter rate for people receiving income or disability assistance. Since transition house spaces provide an immediate safe space for women to start rebuilding their lives, people using those spaces will not have to pay rent.

The project is one component of a multi-year action plan to end gender-based violence being developed by the Ministry of Finance's Gender Equity Office and the Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General. Government undertook focused engagement this year to inform the plan’s ongoing development.
The development is part of B.C.’s 10-year, $7-billion housing plan. Since 2017, the Province has funded nearly 34,000 affordable homes that are either complete or underway, including nearly 350 homes in the Kitimat-Stikine Regional District.

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