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Send your MP an Email for Action to End Women’s Homelessness

Ask your MP to take the pledge to support Homes for Women and work to end women’s homelessness in your community and across the country.

Across Canada, women struggle without a crucial necessity of life: A safe home. Homes for Women works to prevent, reduce and ultimately end women’s homelessness.

In large cities, 25-30% of people living on the streets and in homeless shelters are women, and most homeless women aren’t included in these counts. They’re couch-surfing with friends, trading sex for a place to sleep, living in unsafe homes and situations or in a shelter for abused women. Homeless women and girls are often caught in a web of abuse, trauma, poverty, mental health and criminalization, without access to a safe home they can afford. That’s why Homes for Women supports National Elizabeth Fry Society Week and Mental Health Week.

I’ve pledged to support Homes for Women. As your constituent, I’m asking you to take the pledge at homesforwomen.ca. Let’s work together to end women’s homelessness in our community.

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Working to End Women’s Homelessness in Your Community

Governments Are Part of the Solution

All three levels of government have a role to play in ending women’s homelessness.

Provincial and Territorial Governments

To keep a roof over their heads, women need incomes they can live on. Achieving that requires:

Federal Government

Canada needs a National Housing Strategy that takes into account the causes of women’s and girls’ homelessness and responds appropriately.

Addressing Canada’s Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women is intimately connected to ensuring every woman and girl has a safe place to live. The Native Women’s Association of Canada has been collecting signatures on a petition for a national inquiry.

The At Home project of the Mental Health Commission of Canada is researching mental health and homelessness and the effectiveness of programs for immediate, permanent re-housing.

Municipal Governments

Municipal governments can support women’s safety and reduce women’s homelessness through supporting women’s agencies serving homeless and low-income women such as Sistering in Toronto and My Sister’s Place in London. They can adopt by-laws that stimulate the building of affordable housing, like requiring affordable housing units within all housing projects and providing relief on development charges and property taxes for builders who guarantee long term affordable rents. The Federation of Canadian Municipalities, Canada’s national voice of municipal government, supports renewed investment in rental housing and renewed discussion of affordable housing City Councils have also adopted living wage policies.

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