Women’s Services Survey

While there are many commonalities across experiences of homelessness, these experiences differ based on gender. Due to the gendered nature of the experience, it is important that responses to prevent and end homelessness include a gender-based approach. The Government of Canada defines a gender-based analysis as, “an analytical process used to assess how diverse groups of women, men and non-binary people may experience policies, programs and initiatives.”

For the purposes of this study, our consideration of a gender-based approach is focused on the needs of women, girls, and transgender women. To that end, it is a core assumption of this work that whereas communities across Canada depend on community plans to organize their collaborative responses, these community plans benefit from a gender-based analysis and gender-based approach. That said, there has been no comprehensive exploration as to the degree that this is occurring and any facilitators of or barriers to inclusion of a gender-based approach in community plans in Canada. Therefore, this project explores the ways in which communities are (or are not) including a gender-based approach within community plans to end homelessness.

The goal of this project is to support communities to either share their successes of using a gender-based approach to community planning, or to support transforming their community to include this approach.

On behalf of a national research collaboration consisting of Abe Oudshoorn, Kaitlin Schwan, Rachel Caplan, Stephanie Begun, Naomi Nichols, Faith Eiboff, Alex Nelson, Kayla May, and Colleen Parsons, we would like to invite you to participate. 

We are seeking responses from anyone working in housing, homelessness, or related sectors that support women, girls, and transwomen who experience homelessness. This can mean working at any level within a variety of systems, including leadership, direct service provision, fundraising, policy-development, etc.

The survey will take 15-30 minutes to complete. We welcome multiple persons from the same organization to participate.

If you would like to participate in this study please click on the link below to access the letter of information and survey: