Like many things, the experience of housing and homelessness is gendered. Women’s homelessness is often less visible. Women face limited housing options compounded with various forms of discrimination.
It is commonly understood that three-quarters (75 percent) of those living in affordable housing are women, and that the main driver is poverty. Women and girls experience some of the most severe forms of housing need.
Our purpose is working to eliminate homelessness and housing insecurity for women and children.
There's an urgent amplification of a message that so desperately needs to be heard: Housing is a basic human right, and without it, no other social issues — including mental health, addiction, domestic violence — can be effectively addressed.
Housing affordability in Canada has hit its worst levels in 27 years. The affordability factor is a major obstacle for women and children to not only leave an abusive situation, but prevents them from starting the next chapter of healing.
Because women are the majority of survivors fleeing situations of domestic violence, human trafficking, and poverty, without a roof over their heads and a door to lock safely behind them, they are at great risk of physical, emotional and psychological harm.
Together, we can help women heal by ensuring they have access to safe and supportive housing, financial independence, and a lifelong community of support.
With deep gratitude,
Oscar Anthony Massink
Director and Team Lead
Marketing & Community Relations
Finance and Administration
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