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

For National Housing Day, Homes for Women is putting a gender lens on homelessness with our Look Again infographic. Click here to download. 

Ottawa – October 29, 2013: Homes for Women has released Housing First, Women Second? Gendering Housing First at the National Conference on Ending Homelessness in Ottawa. Concerned that in Budget 2013 the federal government committed almost $600 million – $119 million over 5 years – to programs on the Housing First model, and that there is a gender gap in research examining Housing First models, Homes for Women developed Housing First, Women Second? to help ensure that implementation of Housing First funding reduces the homelessness of women and girls. To download a copy please click here.

save_the_date.jpgAll Our Sisters has confirmed the next national conference on women’s homelessness for May 12-14, 2014.  For more information and to share your ideas visit