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

YWCA Canada's Homes for Women Campaign recommends 15 ways for the National Housing Strategy to take women and girls into account. Click here

Releasing their brief, Counting Women and Girls In to the National Housing Strategy, today, YWCA Canada’s Homes for Women Campaign called for the National Housing Strategy to increase access to safe, affordable housing for women and programs and services addressing homelessness of women and girls. Read our brief to the National Housing Strategy Consultation.