Lynn’s Place is a safe housing building for women. It contains 18 suites on three floors. There are six bed-sit units for single women (including two that are wheelchair accessible), ten two-bedroom units and two three-bedroom units. Rent is affordable, using CMHC affordability guidelines. The bed-sit is $900, the two-bedroom $1,580 and the three-bedroom $1,750 per month. The building is formally known as Lynn Brooks’ Safe Place for Women and is also called Hoti Etsanda Ko, in the Weledeh dialect of the Tlicho language, meaning healthy living place. The informal name for the building is Lynn’s Place.
The building is for women who need safe housing after leaving a violent relationship, or who are ready to find stability in a safe environment. They may apply for units at the YWCA Yellowknife Housing Program at Rockhill (4904 54 Ave). Applicants are assessed for need and willingness to engage in the programming offered at the safe housing building. Tenants are welcome to stay for up to three years. The women’s safe housing building is NOT an emergency shelter. Those in immediate danger should contact YWCA Yellowknife’s Alison McAteer Family Violence shelter at 873-8257 or the RCMP.
If you have questions about the women’s safe housing program, contact Lyda Fuller at lyda@ywcanwt. ca.
The namesake of Lynn's Place - Lynn Brooks. Lynn arrived in Yellowknife 45 years ago, a single mom looking for a new start after a violent relationship. She began working at the YWCA Yellowknife day care in 1977, and then became the director of children’s services and the battered women’s program (as it was then known). She played a key role in establishing the YWCA Yellowknife Alison McAteer House family violence shelter, which opened in 1986. Lynn has been executive director and president of the Status of Women Council of the NWT. She and her husband Bob also fostered teenage girls for many years.