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CREB foundation raises $500,000 for shelter

The Calgary Real Estate Board Charitable Foundation has contributed $500,000 toward the Building for Liberty capital campaign for the Brenda Strafford Society’s housing initiative, which will provide new support for women and children fleeing domestic violence.

The number one reason women stay in abusive relationships is due to the lack of affordable housing options in Calgary, says the foundation. The new centre is a one-of-a-kind facility and will be completed in December, offering second stage shelter services for six months and affordable housing for up to two additional years. The 84,000-square-foot development will house 34 second stage shelter apartments, 51 affordable housing apartments, nine market condos and eight retail spaces.