A Framework for Ending Women’s and Girls’ Homelessness

Women (cis and trans) experience homelessness uniquely, both in terms of pathways into homelessness and experiences during homelessness.

To end women’s homelessness we need to use unique, gender-based approaches.

This project involved developing a framework as a guiding tool that can be adapted to local settings across Canada. While recent housing-focused approaches have shown promise in addressing homelessness, these still primarily benefit single, male adults. We also need to focus not just on programs but also look to broader policies, systems, and structures.

The following Framework is proposed:

This framework was designed through a collaboration of researchers, front line workers, and women who have experienced homelessness. Inspired by the women’s round table discussion  at the Canadian Alliance to End Homelessness conference, the team incorporated language and models around homelessness, sample community frameworks,  and the best practices adopted by front-line workers in supporting women.

The intention of the team is to continue to refine the framework as communities adopt it and implement it.

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Please read and share the project report: A Framework for Ending Women’s and Girls’ Homelessness

Collaborators on this project are:

Shelley Yeo; Cheyanne Ratnam; Emily Paradis; Abe Oudshoorn; Babli Nessa; Janet Mosher; Susan Macphail; Saara Greene; Stephen Gaetz; Cheryl Forchuk; Carline Casimir; Kristy Buccieri; Marleny Bonnycastle; Helene Berman; Janice Arsenault; Ama Amponsah; Kyla Aguila

Funding: Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC)