Innovations in Housing Stability: Musk Quat Transition House, Timmins

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The innovation: Providing Timmins women fleeing violence with up to a year to stabilize their lives in a secure affordable home, thanks to a unique partnership between the District Social Services Administration Board (DSSAB) and three women’s organizations

Lead and partners:

  • Cochrane District Social Services Administration Board (DSSAB): Building owner and funder
  • Timmins and Area Women in Crisis (TAWC): Project lead and support provider
  • Centre Passerelle pour Femmes (CPF) and Tranquility House Women’s Shelter, Tri-Agency Violence against Women Collaboration Committee (Tri-Agency Committee) members

People served: Women leaving violence who need additional time to heal beyond the typical six-week shelter stay; approximately 60 per cent of residents are Aboriginal women and their children

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“I’d like northern Ontario to be an incubator of new ideas. Our needs are different – it forces us to try new things.” – Brian Marks, CAO, Cochrane DSSAB
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Additional Resources

Sample Program User Agreement
Musk Quat makes sure that residents are clear on their responsibilities. See their sample agreement here. 
Safety Checklist
Looking at how to ensure safety for women experiencing or leaving violence? This checklist can help.
Download the Safety Checklist (English)
(Microsoft Word Document)
Checklist: Working with VAW Agencies
This checklist can help you understand where to start and what steps to follow when considering partnering with a Violence Against Women agency.
Download the VAW Checklist (English)
(Microsoft Word Document)
Musk Quat Application Package
Musk Quat has a comprehensive application package that they are willing to share.
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