May Brown Place brings affordable rentals to North Van single moms

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Mar 2, 2021 – Brent Richter/North Shore News

According to the latest census, about one in five families in the City of North Vancouver are led by single parents, said Bowinn Ma, NDP MLA for North Vancouver-Lonsdale. That figure is well ahead of the B.C. average.

“And when they’re led by single parents, they’re more often than not led by single women,” she said. “I’ve met many single mothers who tell me how much of a struggle it is to stay here in North Vancouver. … They were born here. Their entire support networks are here.”
Ma said she was especially pleased at the thought that May Brown Place could be helping families escape violence.

“Many women will stay with abusive partners in order to keep a roof over their children’s heads. Many women will stay in dangerous situations because they know that if they lose their housing, their children may be taken away from them,” she said. “Projects like this can help keep families together, and they prevent trauma that can last within children for generations.”

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