Across our country, women struggle without a crucial necessity of life: A safe home. Without a roof over their heads and a door to lock behind them, women live at great risk of physical, emotional and psychological harm.


Homes for Women is a campaign to prevent, reduce, and ultimately end the homelessness of women and girls in Canada. Women are Canada's fastest growing homeless population. Having nowhere to call home can arise from complex causes, but poverty is always a factor. By understanding the causes and impacts and taking action on solutions, we can reverse this trend.


In large cities, 25-30% of people living on the streets and in homeless shelters are women, and the majority of women's homelessness isn’t visible. Women couch surf with friends or relatives to avoid the street. Women — including teenage girls — trade sex with men for a place to crash for the night. Every year, 75,000-100,000 women and children leave their homes for the temporary safety of a shelter for abused women.


Individuals and governments, community groups and corporations, trade unions and local leaders can all take action that prevents and reduces women’s homelessness. A growing body of research has documented the impacts on women and identified strategies and policies for effective solutions.


Homes for Women pledges to work to end women’s and girls’ homelessness in Canada until we succeed. We invite individuals and organizations to join with us and take the pledge to end women's homelessness. Because every woman has a right to a safe, secure home.

We know we can't do it alone. But we also know it can be done.

News and Events

Untitled.pngBC experienced a 70% increase in deaths of people without homes in 2014.  Still Dying on the Streets, based on the most recent data released by the BC Coroners Service, reported that 46 people without homes had died in BC in 2014, a figure that includes rights advocate Anita Hauck, who was a week away from moving into supportive housing. Still Dying on the Streets notes that women make up a much higher percentage of the hidden homeless population because they face an increased risk of assault and sexual abuse, and avoid the shelter system and the streets. The report examines the causes and demographics and offers recommendations for change. 

caeh.pngThe Canadian Alliance to End Homelessness will host its annual conference, NCEH 2016, November 2-4, in London, Ontario. This year the conference will include All Our Sisters, a stream of presentations focused on women’s homelessness. Early bird registration closes  August 31, 2016. Some scholarships are available for people with lived experience. For more information, visit the conference website

All Our Sisters has released a Best Practise Guideline for Ending Women’s and Girls’ Homelessness. Developed with a number of partners, including Western University, this guideline synthesizes existing literature to develop best practices for ending homelessness for women and girls.