In 1977, after the completion of a feasibility study it was indicated there was a need for a shelter in the Region. In November 1978, HWP became incorporated as a voluntary charitable organization.
Halton Women’s Place opened its doors in Milton in October 1980. In the first two years of operation more than 500 women and children were accommodated and more than 700 crisis calls were received.
In 1989, as a result of a bequest from the estate of Margery Ilene MacDowell, a committee was formed to take a look at the shelter needs in Halton. Another feasibility study was done and the result was to build a second shelter in the Southern part of the Region. In January 1994, a second shelter – located in Burlington – was opened.
From the day it opened it has been running at near capacity and now responding to more than 2500 crisis calls a year.
The need to replace the original shelter in Milton and expand the new shelter in Burlington became evident.
On February 20, 2002, government officials, members of the business community and the public gathered for the announcement of the groundbreaking at Halton Women’s Place in Milton.
This new facility will service North Halton and is the sister facility to the one in Burlington serving South Halton.
In April 2002 the capital projects of the new Milton shelter and the expansion of the Burlington shelter began. Construction was completed and the new 20-bed Milton shelter was opened to serve abused women and their dependent children in January 2003. The expansion on the Burlington shelter was also completed and opened in December 2002.
Major funding came from the Ministry of Community and Social Services, Canada Mortgage & Housing Corporation and our community partners, Mattamy Homes Ltd., The Aggregate Group of Halton, Rotary Clubs of Halton and The Ontario Trillium Foundation.