A women’s shelter in Sydney could be on the brink of cutting services if a provincial funding freeze in effect since the mid-1990s isn’t lifted when the NDP government delivers its first budget next month.

 

Bea LeBlanc, executive director of Cape Breton Transition House, said she’s afraid that if funding doesn't come soon, cuts will be made to stay out of deficit.

 

“We’ll have no choice but to cut something, and that’s usually either outreach or child care because you can’t cut the crisis (centre),” LeBlanc said.

 

Bryony House, a transition house in Halifax, was forced to lay off its only outreach worker Tuesday.

According to a blog posting by Lori Walton of the Friends of Transition Houses Network, the elimination of the position, which had been in place for more than two decades, will “create a void in the services provided to women and children fleeing domestic abuse.”

She said Bryony House is asking the province to pay the shelter’s $120,000 deficit and reinstate the outreach worker.