SEND YOUR MP AN EMAIL FOR ACTION TO END WOMEN'S HOMELESSNESS
Ask your MP to take the pledge to support Homes for Women and work to end women's homelessness in your community and across the country.
From: You <email@example.com>
To: Your MP
Subject: Pledge to support Homes for Women
Across Canada, women struggle without a crucial necessity of life: A safe home. Homes for Women works to prevent, reduce and ultimately end women's homelessness.
In large cities, 25-30% of people living on the streets and in homeless shelters are women, and most homeless women aren't included in these counts. They're couch-surfing with friends, trading sex for a place to sleep, living in unsafe homes and situations or in a shelter for abused women. Homeless women and girls are often caught in a web of abuse, trauma, poverty, mental health and criminalization, without access to a safe home they can afford.
I've pledged to support Homes for Women. As your constituent, I'm asking you to take the pledge at homesforwomen.ca. Let's work together to end women's homelessness in our community.
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WORKING TO END WOMEN'S HOMELESSNESS IN YOUR COMMUNITY
The Canadian Alliance to End Homelessness is working to end homelessness through the development of 10 Year Plans in communities across the country. Their Facebook page shares community activities across Canada.
Raising the Roof works nationally on long-term solutions to homelessness.
The Canadian Network of Women's Shelters and Transition Houses work to end violence against women across the country and to ensure women leaving shelter have a safe place to live.
GOVERNMENTS ARE PART OF THE SOLUTION
All three levels of government have a role to play in ending women's homelessness.
PROVINCIAL AND TERRITORIAL GOVERNMENTS
To keep a roof over their heads, women need incomes they can live on. Achieving that requires:
- A minimum wage that generates an income beyond the poverty level. Living wage campaigns are working to achieve livable provincial and territorial minimum wage levels.
- Ensuring that the shelter allowance received by women living on social assistance is enough to pay the actual cost of rent. Campaigns to raise the rates exist across Canada, including the Pay the Rent and Feed the Kids Campaign.
- Enforcing child support orders and ending clawback of child support payments from mothers on social assistance, an issue on which one Manitoba mother launched a legal action.
Canada needs a National Housing Strategy that takes into account the causes of women's and girls' homelessness and responds appropriately.
Addressing Canada's Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women is intimately connected to ensuring every woman and girl has a safe place to live. The Native Women's Association of Canada has been collecting signatures on a petition for a national inquiry.
The At Home project of the Mental Health Commission of Canada is researching mental health and homelessness and the effectiveness of programs for immediate, permanent re-housing.
Municipal governments can support women's safety and reduce women's homelessness through supporting women's agencies serving homeless and low-income women such as Sistering in Toronto and My Sister's Place in London. They can adopt by-laws that stimulate the building of affordable housing, like requiring affordable housing units within all housing projects and providing relief on development charges and property taxes for builders who guarantee long term affordable rents. The Federation of Canadian Municipalities, Canada's national voice of municipal government, supports renewed investment in rental housing and renewed discussion of affordable housing City Councils have also adopted living wage policies.