One opposition party is pushing the government to step in before Bryony House starts cutting back services next week.
The women’s shelter announced that next week it will stop offering its outreach program, which provides services for women who aren’t staying at the Halifax shelter. Bryony’s budget of about $1-million has held steady since 1996, while shelter operators say costs have increased.
Liberal MLA Manning MacDonald called for the government to give Bryony extra funding yesterday, adding the government needs to provide stable, multi-year funding to keep shelters operational.
One Bryony worker has been laid off while two others have had their hours reduced.
During the election the NDP promised $500,000 for women’s and transition houses, which could mean up to $30,000 annually for Bryony House.