De Beers Group, NWTHC and Yellowknife Women’s Society team up on project to support women’s housing needs

6 June 2019

The Government of the Northwest Territories and De Beers Group are pleased to announce a partnership project that will renovate and reconfigure the Yellowknife Women’s Society’s emergency and transitional housing shelter on Franklin Avenue.
The project will transform some of the shelter space, which currently has short-term bunk beds, into 16 single-occupancy suites for women who are homeless or fleeing domestic violence to enhance privacy and personal security. The new design will also include new offices for a doctor and for a nurse and an expanded kitchen and common area.
In addition to providing $250,000 towards the renovations, De Beers Group will also be providing a certified Professional Project Manager from the Gahcho Kué Mine to act as the Project Manager for this renovation, making an additional in-kind contribution in excess of $60,000. The Northwest Territories Housing Corporation (NWTHC) which owns the building, will provide a $350,000 contribution under the NWTHC’s Community Housing Support Initiative.
The Request for Proposals regarding the contract to renovate has already been released and a decision on the successful bid will be finalized shortly. The project is scheduled to begin by the end of June and be completed by mid-September.